The Emperor Jones

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Lesson Planned


Artist: Eugene O’Neill

Year: 1920's

Date of Action: August 2021

Region: North America


Subject: Political/Economic/Social Opinion

Medium:

Confronting Bodies:

Description of Artwork: Cinema

The Incident: The Emperor Jones stereotypes the Negro as beset with shiftiness, treachery, superstitions and an intractable inferiority complex that is not imagined but innate. The downfall of his Emperor is assured by genetics and fate as he descends into madness. The play seems to be saying: "know your place".

Results of Incident: {{{description_of_result}}}

Source: https://www.theguardian.com/stage/theatreblog/2007/sep/04/theemperorjonesisaracist