“Mulatto” by Langston Hughes

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"Mulatto" by Langston Hughes
The setting in Langston Hughes’s play Mulatto begins on a Georgia plantation at the Big House. This setting never changes. The plot that unfolds in that setting begins with an introduction onto the character of Robert Lewis (Bert) and Colonel Tom. Robert Lewis is a frustrated young man who is not sure where he fits in, in his own life. Colonel Tom is a selfish man who even his friend Higgins points out when he gives unsolicited advice about the way the Colonel is sleeping openly with Cora his black servant and how it is being perceived socially (Hughes 3).
One would think at first glance that the main character of the play would be Colonel Tom, but in actuality the main character is Bert (Robert Lewis). The...
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.....eds. All movement in Mulatto takes place solely in the parlor. The parlor then is a symbolic threshold for time and its movement from past to present to future.
Being mulatto is tragic for an individual. One is not just mulatto they are tragically mulatto. Being tragically mulatto means that you are a victim of society who sees you not as an individual, but as divided between races. The tragedy in being mulatto is in the reluctance of society mirrored in the individual to not accept or acknowledge the ambiguity of a person of two races. Being mulatto is a vulnerability that is exploited by everyone including the mulatto
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Work Cited
Hughes, Langston. Five Plays by Langston Hughes. Bloomington, IN: Indiana University Press, 1963.