Themes After reading the different plays for this week, I perceive that they all had some similarities in their themes, nonetheless; the two plays that I believe had several themes in common, where “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller and “The Glass Menagerie” by Tennessee Williams. Some themes discussed in the plays were parental control, denial of reality, and the abandonment of a parent. Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams provide readers with a reflective lens that embodies a different element of the American family structure. You do not have to look too far to relate to the themes presented in both plays. In “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller, Willy was not only controlling of his boys Biff and Happy, but he also plans their future.
In his novel, Gulliver’s Travels, Jonathan Swift frequently satirizes the flaws of human nature by exaggerating them in the cultures of his fictitious nations. Each country described by Swift shows an over-exemplified behavior that’s used to criticize our own. Although Swift is commonly labeled as a misanthrope due to his censure shown throughout the entirety of his novel, there is evidence that he has more hope for humanity than he’s given credit for. The Lilliputians, Brobdingnagians, Laputans, and Houyhnhnms are evidence of Swift’s misanthropy, while Pedro de Mendez shows how not all people fit into his stereotyping. Gulliver’s first expedition leaves him shipwrecked on the Island of Lilliput, where the other inhabitants are only six inches
Abstract Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (1949), created its own genre: the American tragedy. In Death of a Salesman Miller demonstrated his perfect answer to critics of his earlier dramas who claimed he was incapable of producing other than a conventional play. Brooks Atkinson, calls it a generally accepted tragic masterpiece. Arthur Miller’s American dreamer Willy Lowman is an illustration of much practiced philosophy of being well liked and exemplifies America’s success myth. The tells the story of a man confronting failure in the success-driven society of America and shows the tragic path, which eventually leads to Willy Loman 's suicide.
For some people, it may be difficult to speak about death, scary even. The questions that it leaves unanswered, and they loved ones that it has the ability to snatch from us at any time. No matter, the author felt it was of important subject matter. In Literature and Spirituality, Schmidt and Adu-Gyamfi said, “Like other morality plays, from the late Medieval period, it [Everyman] is meant to communicate a simple moral lesson to both educated and illiterate audiences.” (265) In this play, the main character is named Everyman. People in our society and in all the ones before can relate to death and Everyman is a perfect name because he represents us.
O. Henry (1867 – 1910), an American writer, who is famous mainly for his short stories. These stories usually focus on the image of the poor who spends their daily living to earn. Perhaps O. Henry knows so well about this kind of life that his stories always convey the heartfelt sympathy with the characters. Besides his sympathy, he expresses his humor through every story so that his stories always contain unexpected climaxes, which lead to an amazing ending. Some of his celebrated stories are “the Ransom of Red Chief”, “The Cop and the Anthem”, “A retrieved Reformation”, “The Duplicity of Hargraves”, “The Caballero’s Way”, and especially “The Gift of the Magi”.
He was able to express human experience by verbalizing events in most people’s everyday lives. When it becomes hard to put something into words Shakespeare can be there to speak for you. Most authors from his century kept to one specific genre for example, Homer told stories of adventure and men at war, while Shakespeare, not only wrote about every genre known to man he also wrote the greatest stories that transcend time and culture. Till this day storytellers continue adapting Shakespeare into our modern world. He was also first to use love in tragedy and it is said that Hamlet was the first play to relate to modern man and woman.
As stated by Annette Simmons, “If you wish to influence an individual or a group to embrace a particular value in their daily lives, tell them a compelling story.” This single quote is the perfect sentence to describe the play “Rooted.” Tim Miller performed a one man show exemplifying his personal story while connecting such harsh and brutal political truths. During his performance, Miller explained that him and his partner Alistair, are not alone. At this particular moment, I had an overwhelming sense of awareness because the idea of ‘loneliness’ is common among people struggling internally and externally. While explaining the different aspects of his story, Miller addresses a time in his life when he was ripped from Alistair’s hands and was abused and ridiculed by opposers. In that moment, Miller felt lonely and alone which is difficult when you stand for one thing and everyone around you stands for something else.
This form of writing is typically referred to as social criticism. John Steinbeck, author of many notable novels, is often referred to as a social critic. Steinbeck presents messages about many issues through his writing. Throughout the course of Of Mice and Men and The Pearl, Steinbeck displays his commentary on clear flaws in our society, such as racism, ableism, prejudice against the poor, the marginalization of women, loneliness, and greed. Clearly, the inclusion of such controversial topics has brought much attention to these novellas.
T(homas) S(tearns) Eliot(1888-1965), one of the most important and influential poets and critics of the Modern period, always, unlike many Romantics, and perhaps subscribing to the Arnoldian approach to poetic art, tries to feed his poetry on social soil. His poetry, in most cases, takes up burning aspects amounting to a blow upon the social fabric, and along with the depiction of those social maladies, it, quite often, prescribes certain solutions to them either. His one of the major poems, “Aunt Helen” addresses a very relevant and prevalent practice of our age that eventually earns nothing. His “Whispers of Immortality” also exposes the deterioration of men in the hands of malignant modernity. “Aunt Helen” typically captures the void and nothingness in human life and its existence in modern settlement where more than average people engage in thinking and doing things that do not correspond to men as rational being.
. In almost all the plays by Shaw we can see an element of social reform and individualism is present. His next play which I would analyze is Man and Superman , it is among one of the most famous plays by Shaw. In the best of George Bernard Shaw's work up to the creation of Man and Superman the intellectual and preacher, while perpetually trying to assert him, was by some means subordinated to the dramatist. In the prologue to the popular edition the author wrote: "As I have not been sparing of such lighter qualities as I could endow the book with for the sake of those who ask nothing from a play but agreeable pastime, I think it well to affirm plainly that the third act, however fantastic its legendary framework may appear, is a careful attempt to write a new Book of Genesis for the Bible of