Seth Holly In Joe Turner's Come And Gone

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“I don’t go for all that carrying on and such. This is a respectable house. I don’t have no drunkards or fools around here.” (1.1). That quote accurately describes the character, Seth Holly, in the play, Joe Turner’s Come and Gone. Joe Turners Come and Gone was written by August Wilson. This play is taking place in August 1911 in Pittsburg, PA. The story begins with the owner of the boarding house, Seth Holly, speaking to his wife, Bertha. They have been married for twenty-five years and they open the upstairs of their home to travelers who need a place to stay. Throughout the play, you see many different characters and the roles they take on when staying with Seth Holly and his wife. Seth is a very, “my way or the highway” kind of guy. While reading or watching Joe Turner’s Come and Gone, you can accurately see the history of Seth Holly, how he, as well as others, views himself, and the challenges he faces throughout the play. Seth Holly is in his early fifties. His parents were free slaves from the North, so he never had to deal with the problems of slavery. He has been married to his wife, Bertha, for twenty-five years. While being the owner of…show more content…
He enjoys what he does and he is good at it. Seth is also very set in his ways. Seth says, “You can go out there and play. Just don’t get in my garden. And don’t go messing around in my work shed.” (1.1). With him saying that, you can see he is very particular about his place and wants everything does his way. Multiple times you hear him say something about his house is a respectable house and he doesn’t put up with foolishness. While being very stern in his ways, I believe Seth is a very kind hearted man because of the fact that his house is open to strangers. “It’s two dollars a week for the room. We serve meals twice a day.” (1.1). Other characters view him as just another grumpy old man. Seth’s neighbor, Reuben says, “My grandpap say he a great big old windbag”

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