Dissertations and Theses

Date of Award

2020

Document Type

Thesis

Department

English

First Advisor

Andras Kisery

Second Advisor

Laurie Woodard

Keywords

August Wilson, Two Trains Running, King Hedley II, Pittsburgh Plays, Century Cycle of Plays

Abstract

This paper explores Black male characters in August Wilson's Two Trains Running and King Hedley II. Characters in these plays seek personal autonomy through economic stability. They seek these things during the turbulent times of the 1960's and 1980's in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania's Hill District. The roads they take are filled with self discovery, humility and peril.

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