Sweet Bird of Youth (1959 Production) (Stage Directions (Music,…
Sweet Bird of Youth (1959 Production)
Castration of Claude Neal (1934)
Claude Neal was castrated, mutilated, lynched, and hanged due to racist tensions rising in the South because of the murder of Lola Cannady, on which he was blamed for, due to his skin color.
"Well, they picked out a n* at random and castrated the bastard..." (68)
Murder of Emmet Till (1955)
"That was when I first warned the son-of-a-b* to git and out of St. Cloud." (42)
Emmet Till was murdered because he whistled at a white women, which is disrespectful, but was dealt with with drastic measure due to him being black.
Establishes the setting
Interaction with audience (4th wall)
Purity and corruption
Boss Finley is so disturbed by the idea that his daughter has been “corrupted” that he tries to overcompensate, dressing her up to communicate a message of purity and innocence to voters
Boss Finley feels that whites and black should not be integrated, but he also thinks that his daughter heavenly has been corrupted by her incident with Chance Wayne.
Universal love of oneself
Symbol of purity and cleanliness
Symbol of impurity
Red, blue, white suit
Chance's patriotic sense
Yanic vs. Phollic