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Drama

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Willy Loman’s Identity Crisis in Death of a Salesman

The character of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is a montage of the millions of working class men thrown into the accelerating economy and increasing consumer-based culture of mid-twentieth century America. The play is set in the late 1940s, as the American economy is enjoying a...

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“Trifles” – The Play By Susan Glaspell

Susan Glaspell’s one-act play “Trifles” takes place in a farmhouse where a man has just died. The county attorney, the sheriff, a neighbor, and the neighbor and sheriff’s wives are all gathered in the house and Mrs. Wright, the wife of the man who has died, is accused of his...

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The Life of the Drama

In his 1964 book The Life of the Drama, Eric Bentley introduces the reader to the intricate details, dirty secrets, and unacknowledged joys of the theater. As a writer, Bentley has been quite prolific, with almost a dozen books and several plays. Born in England 1916, Bentley attended Oxford University...

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The Glass Menagerie

One of the most urged and a prominent theme of, “The Glass Menagerie,” is the escape ad the difficulty of many of the characters in accepting the reality. Each Wingfield member is unable to conquer his or her difficulty. As a result, each of these individuals results into withdrawing into...

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The Elements of the Play and Dramatic Works

The writing of a play or any dramatic work differs from other types of writing. There are specific elements that are particular to writing a play. For thousands of years, since the time of Aristotle, there have been six fundamental elements to a play (Adair-Lynch). These elements are theme, action,...

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The East-West Cultural Divide in William Shakespeare’s Othello

A great deal was happening politically, socially, and religiously in early 17th-century England. One significant political discussion, centered on the idea that foreign cultures were "seductive, different, and dangerous," had a potent impact on the content of one of William Shakespeare's most well-known plays, Othello (Vaughan, 1996, p. 14). Colonialism...

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Prometheus, Bound by Zeus

In Aeschylus' renowned Greek play, Prometheus, Bound, Prometheus is shackled and held by Zeus for disobeying divine order. Prometheus tries to get out of his predicament by justifying his actions and attacking the character and divinity of Zeus. Could it be that Zeus is not the noble god that he...

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Hubris in Death of a Salesman

Hubris, or hybris, is a literary device that refers to a character’s excessive pride. It usually appears within the protagonist and becomes his or her fatal flaw. An overconfidence or pride, sometimes stubbornness, causes the character’s downfall at the story’s conclusion. In Arthur Miller’s, Death of a Salesman, the character...

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“Harlem” and “A Raisin in the Sun”

There are prominent thematic elements and motifs in “A Raisin in the Sun” and “Harlem (A Dream Deferred)”, but among these is the prominence and meaning of dreams, as we experience them. Both stories seek to analyze the nature of dreams, as well as their effect on the dreamer, and...

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Hamlet Character Analysis Essay

The play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare is likely the most well-known dramatic work in the English language. It follows the story of a Prince of Denmark, Hamlet, who discovers that this father, the King, was murdered by his uncle, the King’s brother. His mother, Gertrude, than quickly marries his uncle....

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Glengarry Glen Ross: The Impact of Money on Morality and Social Dynamics

Written by David Mamet, Glengarry Glen Ross is a world-renowned play which is widely considered to be an American classic. While I was already familiar with the plot, I attended the play on July 4th, in San Francisco for the first time. The story revolves around the challenges and difficulties...

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Fiction and Drama: A Comparative Analysis

A comparative analysis of the short story Wakefield by Nathaniel Hawthorne and the play Trifles by Susan Glaspell demonstrate that both works have similar theme and the key approach to the plot although they are different in genre and subject matter. First, the works are different because of a genre...

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Dramatic Scene with Wolf in “Souls on Ice”

1. The night has almost come. The edges of the pines disappeared in winter’s darkness, and inevitability of the fight was stiffened in the air. Two wolves met in the meadow to fight and prove the dominance of the one. Staring at each other lasted for long tortuous minutes, while...

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Dramatic Monologue: Oscar Wilde

The novel that I am going to discuss is a novel that changed my life, and also that was taken to sum it up completely. As a piece of evidence it proved, many respects, to be my downfall; to make sure that it could no longer be denied that I...

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Drama Review of Fences, By August Wilson

Set in the 1950s, August Wilson’s famous play Fences is a masterful work that illustrates the effects of racism and segregation that African Americans faced in the pre-Civil Rights Era. Fences’ protagonist Troy is a man who has been denied his own version of the American Dream through the institutional...

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Tragedy and Comedy

In a tragedy, there is some sort of sadness that occurs. Often the archetype for a tragedy involves a fallen hero. This is a tragic character because for all reasons the character is a good person. Yet, bad things happen to the hero. Tragedies usually end with more tragedy. This...

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“Fences” and “August Wilson’s Gender Lesson”

Missy Dehn Kubitschek, in “August Wilson’s Gender Lesson,” argues that “Fences” is meant to be nothing more than another African American play from the past two decades that works to examine the gendered interactions between men and women in the African American community, showing how each of the different genders...

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