What did I find in common in the plays Raisin in the Sun, Soldier’s Play and ‘Night Mother? For one, the characters are forcing their way since they get nothing by asking politely. In Raisin in the Sun Mama Younger forces her family’s way into a white district in Chicago, ignoring the segregation that ruled […]
Tennessee Williams was a homosexual and he was not afraid to admit that, even in dangerous times under US senator McCarthy’s witch und gay hunt of post WWII. According to Savran’s book Communists, Cowboys and Queers, “homophobic panic authorized an unprecedented level of surveillance of social and sexual practices.” This was done to ‘secure’ the decent American family. So, in McCarthy’s eyes, Williams and all Williams-alike were a threat to the future of America.
The other day I was writing about American plays that are more reflexive than entertaining and today I asked myself what are the things that broke the characters within. Loss of money, property, and physical health are obvious examples, but reading Miller, Williams and Hellman I became aware of how much loss of dignity, honour, trust, sanity and faith affect the psychic.
INTRODUCTION I shall attempt to discuss in what ways the theory of the French historian Hippolyte Taine helps illuminate the potential meaning and effect of Strindberg’s Miss Julie. I have chosen Taine to focus my attention on because the complex character of Miss Julie is above all in conflict with the person she must be […]
I have chosen to start this essay with a quote from Robin Young: “Nothing in a Ibsen play is as it seems.” What could make an assignment more interesting than to discover Ibsen’s puzzle-like dramaturgical approach? Ibsen is one of the fathers of Naturalistic Theatre and therefore not only did he follow the methods of theatrical […]