Essay on Rhetorical Analysis Of ' The Minstrel Show '

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Rhetorical Analysis
After watching videos on The Minstrel Show and getting an understanding on what kind of show was it and who made it up. It was an American form of entertainment developed in the 19th century. Each show consisted of comic skits, variety acts, dancing, and music, performed by white people in make-up or blackface for the purpose of playing the role of black people. I want to understand what was it that brought them humor is and why was it such a show out comedy. Was it inspiration or pure comedy that came to mind when this show was thought about.
It all started in the 1840’s, peaked after the Civil War and remained popular into the early 1900s.The Minstrel Show was white performers would blacken their faces with burnt cork or greasepaint, dress in outlandish costumes, and then perform songs and skits that mocked African Americans. Minstrelsy evolved from several different American entertainment traditions; the traveling circus, medicine shows, shivaree, Irish dance and music with African syncopated rhythms, musical halls and traveling theatre. There were three main stock characters among several that reappeared in minstrel shows throughout the nineteenth century. "Jim Crow" was the stereotypical carefree slave, "Mr. Tambo" a joyous musician, and "Zip Coon" a free black attempting to "put on airs" or rise above his station.

Each show was a sellout show because of the fact people was not use to a comedy of such genre. The Minstrel shows developed into a…

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