Solid. Nice use of verse.
A little short.
Creates an ominous and tense atmosphere. Really like this one.
Really heavy stuff. Fantastic theatricality and storytelling.
On first reading, immediately read it again. And again. A huge accomplishment. And only 1/3 done.
Part 1: A Measure of a Man
- Immediately into the action
- Is Hero going to war or not?
- The chorus is betting on whether he’ll go
- The dog is missing
- Hero will win his freedom if he goes
- But Boss-Master has promised that before
- Hero cut off Homer’s foot
- Hero decides to go
- Penny enters; she does not get why Hero is dressed in his uniform
- In the morning he told Penny he wasn’t going
- Penny guesses Boss-Master promised Hero his freedom
- Hero’s dog brings him luck, and the dog has gone missing
- Hero decides again not to go
- The others worry what that will mean for them
- To support the decision, Hero must harm himself
- Hero is preparing to cut off his foot – then Homer enters
- Homer and Hero were going to escape together
- Boss-Master offered Hero freedom if he would reveal where Homer escaped to
- Hero revealed it, but freedom but not given
Part 2: A Battle in the Wilderness
- They are close to the battle lines
- Singing together
- Has Hero run off?
- The discussion about how much Hero is worth
- The Colonel’s speech on being white
- Colonel says he is going to shoot Smith
- Smith is wearing two Yankee coats
- The Colonel leaves Hero and Smith alone
- General Grant’s theatrics
- Smith’s reveal
- Hero’s concern that he won’t be worth anything if the North wins
- Hero lets Smith escape but declines to join him
Part 3: The Union of My Confederate Parts
- Ulysses returns
- Penny goes