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by Clifford Odets

Waiting for Lefty study guide contains a biography of Clifford Odets, literature essays, quiz questions, major themes, characters, and a full summary and analysis.

(Note: the play is comprised of seven different vignettes separated by blackouts.) Several taxi drivers sit in a semicircle. To one side stands a gunman. A large man and union leader, Harry Fatt, tells the men that a strike is not a good idea. When a man in the crowd mocks this idea, Fatt calls him a "red" (slang for Communist), says he is keeping an eye out for them in the union, and claims that the reds, given the chance, will betray their fellow workers. The crowd questions where Lefty is, their elected chairman. Fatt reminds them they already have their elected committee present. He lets Joe, one of the workers, speak. Joe maintains he is not a "red boy," citing his status as a wounded war veteran, and discusses how if a worker…

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Posted By pat o #265591 at Sep 03, 2012 7:27 PM


Posted By renee j #217733 at Dec 04, 2011 6:55 PM

why is the play divided into 5 episodes and how does each episode relate to each other?

what is the purpose of dividing the play into 5 episodes? how do the 5 episodes relate to each other?

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Posted By danah m #206145 at Oct 14, 2011 2:54 AM

identify two elements in the written play that are associated with political theatre, and use them to support your thesis.

. You can consider plot structure, participatory vs. observed theatre, the
influence of Marxism, the playwright’s point of view, etc. Identify what these elements achieve and how they are part
of political theatre. Your examples should be SPECIFIC and DETAILED, and you must consider the play as a whole
(not just one particular scene). The subject of this paragraph is the written play by Clifford Odets.

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