Monday, February 23, 2009

Action vs. Inaction

There are many binaries in Jean Toomer's Theater. The binary that popped out to me was action vs. inaction. It can be found between Dorris and John, and then Dorris herself. Dorris starts out on the stage dancing, while John is stationary and is watching the girls dance. All John does is watch the girls and make derogatory comments about them.

Even Dorris is not set in 'action.' She fights internally whether "he can love. Hell, he cant love" (54). She is not sure what to do, whether she should give him all she has because he may not be able to love her back like she wants him to. In the end the dominant binary ends up being John's stillness and inaction. He shows his lack of emotion and love for Dorris through his silence.

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