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Telephone Conversation

by Matthew Sylvester

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Telephone Conversation
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By: Matthew Sylvester
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Performance Task in English
Setting: House of Persona, Landlady's House
Time: African mid-20th century
Characters: Persona, Black Man, Landlady
Summary: The poem exposes the presence of racial discrimination at the individual level in society even after the passing of laws against it. The poem is a conversation between a white woman and a black man over the telephone.
Introduction: The Black Man calls a landlady to rent an apartment. But this landlady seems racially asking the man if he's too white or dark.
Rising Action: The Black Man seems to be dissapointed and to be in dissatisfaction because the landlady was racially asking how he looks like.
Climax: It was a shame, revelation came and the landlady means "like plain or milk chocolate?" She was concidering the African Man's skin color.
Falling Action: He was facially brunette but he also said he sould see the rest of him.
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