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Caryl Churchill: The Leading Female Playwright of Her Time

- Caryl Churchill is truly one of England’s most leading female and modern playwrights of her time. One German playwright, Von Mayenburg once stated in an article, ‘"With each play, she discovers new genres and forms. She then discards them and moves on, opening up possibilities for other playwrights to explore. I think many people writing today don't even realize they've been influenced by her. She has definitely changed the language of theatre. And very few playwrights do that.”’ (Ravenhill). Many agree with Von Mayenburg and this reason is because she has made it a point throughout her career to make the world question all the different range of roles, stereotypes and issues that are relate...   [tags: Caryl Churchill, playwrights, theatre, ]

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The Development of Black Playwright

- ... Grimke was born with the will to defy the normal rules of current society. Her mother was Sara Stanley who was a famous white abolitionist in the 1830’s (Shaffer). Grimke was named after her Aunt Angelina Grimké Weld, who was an abolitionist with her sister (Shaffer). Her father was Archibald Grimke, who was born of a slave named Nancy West (Shaffer). Being born biracial, Angelina Grimke had more access to education (Zvonkin). Grimke started writing at a young age (Zvonkin) and continued to write throughout her life even though most of her works did not get published (Shaffer)....   [tags: griots, theater, legends]

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The Athenian playwright, Aristophanes

- The Athenian playwright, Aristophanes, has been considered to be one of the greatest writers of comedy in literary history. His plays have been used as sources for political and social history, as well as works of literature and drama.1 Throughout Aristophanes’ writings, he made particular use of politics, war, societal figures and women as main themes. When considering other historians of fifth century Athens and their accounts of society during that time, one can begin to fully recognize Aristophanes’ conservative political and progressive social views as well as the satiric nature of his plays....   [tags: Domestic Developments, Athens, Literary Analysis]

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The Influences of Playwright Eugene O’Neill

- Many playwrights drew from outside influences to compose their works. They would look the era they were living in, their personal lives, childhood experiences, and even ancient texts to acquire inspiration for their works and famous playwright, Eugene O’Neill, is no exception. Writing through two world wars, a great depression, and boom of the motion-picture industry, O’Neill certainly had much inspiration to choose from. Although not becoming nationally recognized until after his father’s death in 1920, O’Neill still managed to produce fifty completed works....   [tags: Drama, Era, Influences]

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August Wilson: The Playwright and Mold Breaker

- “You’ve got to be right with yourself before you can be right with anyone else.” This is a quote that August Wilson knows all too well. In America’s beginning, there has been somewhat of a lack of a voice for the world that African-Americans live in. Whether it is in literature or in media, there is usually misrepresentation or some type of stereotype being shown to the public’s eyes about their culture. To rectify this situation, a numerous amount of African-American authors, poets, and playwrights write about their experiences throughout America’s inception....   [tags: Biography]

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William Shakespeare: Analysis of the Famous Playwright

- ... Shakespeare eventually became the chief dramatist of Lord Chamberlain’s Men and the popularity of their performances rose to reflect their success. Lord Chamberlain’s Men became a favorite among theater companies, even as so to the oh so influential Queen Elizabeth. The Chamberlain’s Men eventually finished construction of the Globe Theater in 1599 in order to perform their plays to the middle-class public. (Shmoop Editorial Team). The Globe Theater, made of timber, was the source of a good amount of Shakespeare’s holding in profit....   [tags: notorious Elizabethan authors]

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The Fool as a Playwright in Twelfth Night

-           Feste, the fool character in Twelfth Night, in many ways represents a playwright figure, and embodies the reach and tools of the theater. He criticizes, manipulates and entertains the other characters while causing them to reflect on their life situations, which is similar to the way a playwright such as Shakespeare interacts with his audience. Furthermore, more so than the other characters in the play he accomplishes this in a highly performative way, involving song and clever wordplay that must be decoded, and is thus particularly reflective of the mechanisms at the command of the playwright....   [tags: Twelfth Night Essays]

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Tennessee Williams: Author and Playwright

- Tennessee Williams: Author and Playwright           Thomas Lanier Williams was born on March 26th, 1911 in Columbus, Mississippi. Williams wrote fiction and motion picture screenplays but is primarily acclaimed for his plays. Thomas was the first son and second child of Cornelius Coffin and Edwina Dakin Williams. He was named after his paternal grandfather and insisted to be called Tom by the age of ten. His siblings include an older sister named Rose and a younger brother named Dakin. Williams spent a great deal of time with his sister Rose because she was not very stable, emotionally or mentally....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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Oscar Wilde: Visionary Playwright and Forgotten Sodomite

- “Experience is simply the name we give our mistakes.”(Oscar Wilde) Just starting off in the world, this phrase can be a bit bemusing to the average student. Especially in the rigorous social norms of the Victorian age. But if this phrase was uttered at the end of his life, toward his downfall, the betrayal of his fans, the loss of a wife and a lover, his inevitable imprisonment; it would make much more sense for this troubled man. As an aesthetic to the core, Wilde used his unending wit to satirize the Victorian Era through his plays and novel....   [tags: romance, gay, aestheticism]

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Euripides: A Greek Playwright

- Euripides: A Greek Playwright Euripides is a keen witness to the human character and the father of the psychological theater. His plays were modern at the time compared to others because of the way he focused on the personal lives and motives of his characters, in a manner that was unfamiliar to Greek audiences. His plays have often been seen, in simple terms, bad because critics have been unable to comprehend his visions....   [tags: Greek Play Euripides Biography]

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Shakespeare: The Best Playwright that Ever Lived

- Shakespeare: The Best Playwright that Ever Lived William Shakespeare was a supreme English poet and playwright, universally recognized as the greatest of all the dramatists. A complete, authoritative account of Shakespeare's life is lacking; much supposition surrounds relatively few facts. His day of birth is traditionally held on April 23, and he was baptized on April 24, 1564. He was the third of eight children, and was the eldest son of John Shakespeare. He was probably educated in a local grammar school....   [tags: Biography Biographies Essays]

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The Playwright's Characterization and Staging in An Inspector Calls

- Analyse the play 'An Inspector Calls' by commenting specifically on the playwright's characterization and staging. Analyse the play 'An Inspector Calls' by commenting specifically on the playwright's characterization and staging. Consider any techniques employed, such as dramatic device and/or symbolism and conclude how successful they are in reflecting the issues raised in the play. J. B. Priestly employs many techniques to convey his moral and social beliefs. I will explore how Priestly uses characterization and staging as well as other dramatic devices to raise issues in the play and examine them further, discussing how they are put across to the audience....   [tags: English Literature]

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In this essay I will be discussing the playwright's ideas of

- In this essay I will be discussing the playwright's ideas of Manliness, Hostility and Aggression in A View from the Bridge. 'A View from the Bridge' is a play set in Brooklyn in the 1940s. The protagonist is Eddie, an Italian immigrant and longshoreman living in Brooklyn. Eddie lives with his wife and niece, and the play starts with them waiting for the arrival of Beatrice's two cousins, Marco and Rodolpho. They are illegal immigrants looking for work in order to fund their families at home in Italy....   [tags: English Literature]

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Sex Kitty, By Denise Uyehara The Playwright And Actress Performed A Solo Piece

- Denise Uyehara the playwright and actress performed a solo piece “Hello Sex Kitty” that delved into the issues of “sexuality, dating, domestic violence, and the AIDS epidemic by portraying several vastly different caricatures of Asian women and men” (Lee 173). She relates these issues to the female identity through a comedic, sexual, and realism performance. Denise Uyehara broke down the fourth wall and included audience participation in her performance in order to further involve the audience in her journey of the “borderless identity” (Lee 171)....   [tags: Vegetable, Fruit, Tomato, Japanese tea ceremony]

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Susan Glaspell 's An American Pulitzer Prize Winning Playwright

- Trifle which means a thing of little value or importance was a play written by Susan Glaspell, an American Pulitzer prize winning playwright, actress, novelist, and journalist in 1916. Trifles depicted the plight and struggles of women during the early part of the 19th century. Women during this time didn’t have many if not any rights. Their only purpose was to serve men, marry them and bear their children. They were basically the new slaves of the century who were robbed of their self-esteem and self-respect....   [tags: Women's suffrage, Elizabeth Cady Stanton]

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From Playwright to Production: the Process of Recreating Shakespeare

- From Playwright to Production: the Process of Recreating Shakespeare Works Cited Missing A full understanding of Shakespeare's plays is arrived at through the process of imaginatively recreating them. Reading a play, or watching a production, or being involved in a production, or reading what someone else has to say is not enough fully grasp any given play. All of these things must be done to achieve a deeper comprehension. On the following pages I will try to organize my ten week Shakespearean experience by drawing parallels between my own experience and the experience of the rude mechanicals and royal audience of A Midsummer Night's Dream....   [tags: William Shakespeare Essays]

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Neil Simon, The Most Successful Playwright In The History Of Theatre

- Neil Simon, the Most Successful Playwright in The History of Theatre "It can be argued that Neil Simon is not only America's most successful playwright, but also the most successful playwright in the history of theatre."1 Despite being criticized for lack of substance, his hugely successful comedies are consistently revived, whether on Broadway or in other community or dinner theatres. Last week the University of Notre Dame's Mainstage season opened with the departmental premiere of Barefoot in the Park....   [tags: essays research papers fc]

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Brilliant Lies: Comparison between Film and Playwright

- Brilliant Lies: Comparison between Film and Playwright David Williamson wrote the serious comedy, Brilliant Lies in 1993. Three years later the play was adapted into a film. The play was about how a young sexy party girl, Susy, was sexually harassed by her power-demeaning boss, Gary. Throughout the story we are kept in the dark about what the truth really is concerning the account in the office when both parties worked late alone. The film introduces changes to both enhance and develop the play’s main ideas and themes....   [tags: miscellaneous]

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The Life of the Great Playwright and Poet William Shakespeare

- The Life of the Great Playwright and Poet William Shakespeare In his world he was know throughout the land as a very talented writer and actor. He often performed for Queen Elizabeth and many of her royal court. Back then he did not know that his fame would extend farther than his home country. Levi Fox states: There is no other writer, poet, dramatist, scholar, artist, or man of the theater who enjoys such universal veneration and popularity. Admiration of Shakespeare unites all peoples, irrespective of language, politics, or religion....   [tags: Papers]

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Edward De Vere: Was he the True Shakespeare?

- William Shakespeare is widely regarded as on the of the best playwrights and poets to have ever existed. “It is a widely speculated topic that William Shakespeare did not write the poems and that up to about 50 other poets could have writen them.”("Shakespeare facts: Read," 2011) “William Shakespeare is the second most quoted writer in the english language.” ("Shakespeare facts: Read," 2011) It is widely speculated that the true Shakespeare is actually Edward De Vere. I firmlybelieve Shakespeare was not the true playwright because of his lack of education, lack of upper class etiquette, and the different penmanship over time....   [tags: Playwright, Author]

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William Shakespeare or A Different Author?

- When books are thought of, it's usually by the author. The author comes up with the ideas for the plot, storyline, characters,etc. But with shakespeare, that's seems to be a different case. Throughout the past couple of years, there has been something known as the “Authorship Debate”. People seem to be coming up with theories that Shakespeare himself, didn't write the play, but someone else. During that era, if you were of high standing, you weren't allowed to write without facing some sort of prejudice....   [tags: Playwright, Poet]

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Shakespeare and his Legacy

- Introduction Everyone believes they know of great poets but no one can compare to William Shakespeare. We all have a moment in our life where we may feel emotional and poetic, well that was Shakespeares everyday life. Throughout time we have had many amazing poets, but Shakespeare is arguably the best poet of all time. He was a normal man of his time and went through the black plague, in Europe during his early life, which would kill many families, but luckily his family survived. From his transition of going through a hard early life to his depressing downfall and then a successful adult life Shakespeare has written over 100 plays and sonnets....   [tags: Poet, Playwright]

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William Shakespeare: Still Influencing People Today

- ... Shakespeares plays reflected both the good and the bad of the day which made them so popular because he never sugar coated anything and gave it to the people how it really was. For our benefit, it helps modern socitey to better understand the times and relate to them more easily by showing us what it was really like to live in that time era. Shakespeare is most noted for his work of Romeo and Juliet which is taught in most public education school curriculum. In this play a boy and girl from two differnt families who happen to be enimies, fall in love.() Many of his stories are based on a love that cannot be fufilled, starcrossed lovers or an underlying love that does not come to full ci...   [tags: emotions, relate, playwright]

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The Globe Theater: The Amphitheater and Its Role in The Renaissance Time Period.

- The Globe Theater is widely known as the world’s greatest amphitheatre of its time, bringing in crowds of thousands of people. The Globe was also where most of the famous playwright, William Shakespeare, performed his plays. With its unique design, the audience was able to enjoy the plays. Inside of this round and globe-like structure, the people from all around the area packed into the seats to watch Shakespeare and his actors. Despite the Globe Theater’s success, the theater had gone through many shut downs and rebuilding projects....   [tags: theater, playwright, william shakespeare]

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Tomson Highway in Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kapuskasing

- Tomson Highway is a playwright of Dry Lips Oughta Move to Kaspukasing. The play is based on the real life of Highway as he was born as a full-blood Cree, lived in a Native community that takes place in Wasaychigan Hill, and registered as a member of the Barren Lands First Nation (“Biography”). Native people have their own culture and beliefs; unique language and mythology. Most of his plays use Cree and Ojib language and show the issue of the women power in the community. As the period changes, the Canadian government tries to implement a new system to ensure that native people can cope and adapt with the world that keeps changing....   [tags: playwright, play analysis]

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Arthur Asher Miller's Life and Accomplishments

- Arthur Asher Miller (October 17, 1915 – February 10, 2005) was an American playwright and essayist. Born on October 17, 1915, in Harlem, Arthur was the second of three children of Isidore and Augusta Miller. He was often in the public eye, during the late 1940s, 1950s and early 1960s. During this period he also testified before the House Un-American Activities Committee, received Pulitzer Prize for Drama, and was married to Marilyn Monroe. He was a far-famed and an important figure in the American theatre, writing dramas that include plays such as All my sons (1947), Death of a Salesman (1949), The Crucible (1953) and A view from the bridge (one-act, 1955; revised two-act, 1956), as well as...   [tags: playwright, essayist, arthur miller]

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Gift of the Gorgon Response Paper

- Gift of the Gorgon Response Paper The Gift of the Gorgon is a two and a half hour play that I believe is worth seeing because it is exciting, and it kept me on the edge of my seat throughout the entire play. Although it was not just me, the rest of the audience seemed just as captivated as I did as the mesmerizing plot of Peter Shaffer's unfortunate tale unfolded. After the death of the playwright Edward Damson, his son Philip Damson travels to Greece trying to gain permission from his stepmother to first learn, and then write Edward's biography....   [tags: playwright, myth, transitions]

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Adrienne Kennedy's Life and Accomplishments

- Adrienne Kennedy was a very intelligent person. She was born in Pittsburg, Pennsylvania where she lived with her father, Cornell Wallace Hawkins, and her mother, Etta Haugabook Hawkins. When she turned four years old her family moved to Cleveland, Ohio where she was raised in a different, middle-class neighborhood. Her father was the executive secretary of the YMCA and graduated from Morehouse College in Atlanta. Her mother graduated from Spelman College also in Atlanta, and she worked as a teacher....   [tags: Adrienne Kennedy, playwright, racism]

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William Davenant, Son of Shakespeare?

- ... At this point, he began his first job as a courtier for both the Duchess of Richmond and Fulke Gre-ville, Lord Brooke. Both employers had influential friends who gave Davenant a preview into the world that comes from becoming a successful writer (“Davenant, William” 74). Davenant soon began getting involved in theater through the writing of plays, engaging in diplomacy, and joining the military, making him a true Renaissance Man. In 1624, Davenant married his first of three wives that included Mary Davenant, with whom he had two children, Dame Anne Cademan, who had four sons of her own, and Henrietta Marie du-Tremblay, with whom he had seven sons (“Davenant, William” 75)....   [tags: English poet and playwright]

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Theater During the Elizabethan Era

- ... The play focuses on passionate love, and the imminent death introduced at the beginning of the play. At the very beginning of the play the chorus introduces the feud between the two families the Capulets and the Montagues. The action take place we see the Capulets and the Montagues exchange insults and when Tybalt of the Capulet’s house joins in the scene escalates into fighting. The prince of Verona enters and forbids any more public disturbances. Romeo’s father is worried about his son’s actions....   [tags: playwright, tragedy, Marlowe ]

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Moilere's Rise to Fame

- Molière was the stage name of French actor and playwright, Jean Baptiste Poquelin, born Paris 1622. In 1643, he joined nine others to produce and perform comedies as a company named ‘Illustre-Théâtre’. In 17th Century Paris the numbers of people visiting theatres was insufficient and within two years, the company was bankrupt. Jean was sent to prison for debts on the properties he owned so when he was released in late 1945, he changed his name to Molière and, for around 13 years, the company made a living by touring the provinces of France....   [tags: playwright, satire, neoclassic]

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Biography of Jules Verne

- Introduction Jules Gabriel Verne (1828 - 1905) was a novelist, poet and playwright, renowned as one of the pioneers of science fiction as a genre. As a person who was born, brought up and lived most of his life in France, it should come to no one’s surprise that his primary language was French. As a science fiction fan myself, I thought that one of the first writers to take this genre seriously would be the perfect subject for this essay. Undeniably Jules Verne has had a huge impact on literature as well as many disciplines of science and even geography....   [tags: biography, playwright, novelist]

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Medea: A Loving Mother

- The Greek playwright, Euripides, is considered one of the three great tragedians of classical Athens. His individuality is attributed to the way he “pushes to the limits of what an audience can stand” . His masterpiece Medea , a fascinating classic centered on the Greek goddess Medea, is a prime example of his eccentricity. This piece was unpopular during the time of its release since it defied the commons themes of tragedies during the 430s B.C.E.; it, instead, introduced a nihilistic and disturbing drama focused on women, slaves and persons from the lower class....   [tags: greek playwright, Euripides, tragedians]

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Behind the Scenes

- Behind the scenes Streetcar Named Desire, a playwright by Tennessee Williams, was made to play on stage but it was also turned into a movie on 1951 directed by Elia Kazan, who also directed the original stage production, starring Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski and Vivien Leigh as Blanche Dubois. The two versions, both screenplay and stage play, have the same storyline, character’s characteristics, as well the settings. Reading the dialogue makes the reader wants to see the story whether if it is a stage play or in a movie....   [tags: Tennessee Williams, Playwright]

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Class Classification in Arnold Wesker’s Roots

- Arnold Wesker, an English playwright, a writer of international reputation, was born in Stephney (London) on 24 May,1932.He is the author of about Forty two plays mainly for the stage, four books of short stories, two collections of essays, a book for young people, three more of non-fiction and an autobiography. His works depict various themes, ideas, an obvious expression of deep sympathy, dreams, hopes and the humanism. Wesker is a dramatist with distinct social leanings. Roots is the second play of Wesker Triology which begins with Chicken soup with Barley and ends with I’m talking about Jerusalem....   [tags: english playwright, short stories, materialism]

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Father and Daughter in Shakespeare

- William Shakespeare, a poet and playwright wrote many tragedies of similar ideas of young people opposed to marriages. In the story of Othello, Desdemona’s father Brabantio always invites Othello over his house to listen to his stories. Brabantio never expected Othello to marry his daughter. From the beginning of the play Brabantio believes Desdemona is his property and she is only allowed to marry men that he chooses. Because Othello is a moor and not a Venetian Brabantio does not accept him. With the story of Romeo and Juliet, Juliet falls in love with Romeo who is the son of the Montague clan....   [tags: William Shakespeare, Poet, Playwright, Othello]

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The Arthur Miller

- “Never fight fair with a stranger, boy. You'll never get out of the jungle that way." This was a quote from the prominent American playwright Arthur Miller (1915-2005). This quote summed up Millers approach towards life and how others should live. Arthur Miller, by mirroring the issues of their time in a new light through his plays, sought to better America as he tackled economic, social, and political issues of his time in a way that his vast audiences would understand. Arthur Miller could be considered one of the most radical thinkers of the twentieth century through his bold messages....   [tags: playwright, play analysis, literaty analysis]

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Sam Shepard’s True West

- Sam Shepard’s True West Brotherly love can be such a wonderful thing. As children, two brothers can always have a playmate to play Cowboys and Indians with, or an older brother to reach the cookies on the counter. Grown up, they would have someone to help start their car engine, or guide them into and out of relationships. However, a brother can also be the resident bully. The older can make the younger eat worms, or step into embarrassing situations for personal amusement. A brother can be the best of friends and/or the worst of enemies....   [tags: Play Playwright Shepard]

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William Shakespeare

- William Shakespeare William Shakespeare, the playwright, had a life of virtual mystery, intrigue and relative sadness. Shakespeare grew up in a modest upbringing and was known to have only completed elementary school. Though he did not attend college, he would end up as one of histories greatest literary success stories. The mysteries surrounding the life of William Shakespeare are perpetuated with the reference to the ‘lost years'; two distinct periods of time from 1578-1582 and 1585-1592, where Shakespeare seemed to have fallen off the face of the plant....   [tags: Shakespeare Playwright]

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William Shakespeare

- The Northern Renaissance began after 1500, when scholars and merchants in northern Europe supported Renaissance ideas. The Northern Renaissance writers also supported and adopted the idea of humanism, but gave humanism more of a religious opinion (Adams 14). One of the famous northern writers is William Shakespeare. Many people say that he is the best playwright ever. Shakespeare's life can be separated into his young years, marriage, play years, and late years. First of all, Shakespeare was born on April 23rd, 1564....   [tags: Shakespeare Playwright]

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William Shakespeare's Authenticity

- William Shakespeare's Authenticity Over the past several centuries, many scholars have been debating the authenticity of Shakespeare and his works. Many books have even been published questioning if the legendary playwright from Stratford is the author of his many plays and poems. This theory still remains as a possibility today and much of the evidence stems from Shakespeare’s great literary achievements, his humble beginnings, his inadequate education and the missing chapters in his life. Throughout his writings, there is evidence of similarities between the language and literature of the time period with subjects such as law, history, politics and geography as well as manners and knowle...   [tags: Shakespeare Playwright bio Essays]

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All About Shakespeare

- William Shakespeare is undoubtedly one of England's most well-known and treasured authors. His plays were exceedingly popular during his life, and according to legend, they brought him and his family much fame and affluence. Since his death, however, evidence has been uncovered which suggests that the William Shakespeare of playwright fame may not have been the same individual documented in the historical records of Stratford-upon-Avon. According to The Shakespeare Conspiracy, a book by Graham Phillips and Martin Keatman, the actual documentation of Shakespeare's life is meager at best....   [tags: William Shakespeare Playwright]

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Was Shakespeare Really in Love?

- Was Shakespeare Really in Love. William Shakespeare is arguably one of the best playwrights of all time, and he is certainly one of the most well-known writers in the history of literature. Shakespeare is a classic example of how art and literature can touch so many people’s lives and hearts. His work has been enjoyed by millions of people for four hundred years, and today, his plays are still being performed daily all over the world. He wrote a total of thirty-seven plays and 154 sonnets in his lifetime....   [tags: William Shakespeare Playwright Romance Essays]

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Discussion of Famous Greek Playwrights

- The famous Greek playwright, Sophocles, is well known for his many impressive works, but two plays stand out in particular, Oedipus and Antigone. Of the myriad characters in these two plays, Creon, without a doubt, is the most notable for his apparent change in disposition from one play to the next. When introduced in Oedipus, Creon is an amiable character whose loyalty to his king and country comes into question, but inevitably, his devotion is found to be unwavering. Creon did not appear to have ambitious goals of attaining authoritative power....   [tags: sophocles, oedipus, antigone]

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Victorian Playwrights

- The Victorian Era in the United Kingdom is archetypally deemed the time period when Queen Victoria ruled, from 1837 to 1901 (Miller 1). While the Queen’s reign altered many social aspects of British life, perhaps the most noticeable was drama. Previously, theatre had been precluded and disapproved of due to various reasons, particularly religion. However, Queen Victoria chose to attend histrionic performances often and eventually made it reputable. The Queen considered Shakespeare too confusing of a playwright (Airdrie 1) and it soon became the job of numerous others to create amusing plays that she and countless other Europeans would enjoy....   [tags: Theatre]

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Tragedy Playwrights

- Today, audiences everywhere marvel at some of the most famous tragic plays ever written by Shakespeare and Shakespeare is credited with creating the most well-known and elaborate plays to this date. Some of Shakespeare’s plays such as Hamlet, Macbeth, and Romeo and Juliet all fall under the genre of tragedy and many credit his plays with the genre’s success and origin but in truth the origin of the very nature of these plays date far earlier in time before Shakespeare’s and the earlier English playwrights’ time....   [tags: Sophocles, Ancient Greece, Oedipus Rex, tragic]

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The English Renaissance Theatres, Stages, and Playwrights

- The English Renaissance Theatre was also known as the Early Modern English Theatre or Elizabethan Theatre. It occurred during the Reformation and 1642 when they were discontinued. There were many types of plays ranging from mystery, tragedy, masques to morality most had a biblical themes. Soon came the establishment of permanent theatres after plays were forbidden in 1572 in an effort to contain the spread of the plague. With the construction of permanent theatres came regular performances as well as well known playwrights many of whom were well educated but some were not....   [tags: Theater ]

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Influential Japanese Playwrights

- Vengeful ghosts, evil demons, and people turned to animals. These are all features of a typical Japanese Noh play. The battles for power in medieval Japan are responsible for inspiring the creator of the noh genre in Japanese theater. The noh theater is interesting and colorful with an assortment of masks and costumes carefully crafted to represent the character they represent (Noh). Many of the great plays written by playwright Zeami Motokiyo, the most highly regarded of all in the genre, inspired many and helped make noh a success (World 114)....   [tags: noh theater, Japanese history]

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The Role of Plagiarism in Shakespeare

- Shakespeare and Plagiarism William Shakespeare is one of the world’s most prominent playwrights; however, some say that he does not fully deserve the credit for his work because he plagiarized the works of others. Shakespeare, who was born in Stratford upon Avon in 1564, is also known as the “Bard” and has written countless plays and poems which have given rise to countless novels and movie plots (Chandy). It is said that he found a great deal of his inspiration from nature, as he mentions birds in his works more than any other author (Mabillard)....   [tags: Playwrights]

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Influences of Love: A Comparison of William Shakespeare and Max Martin

- “Love is not love that alters when it alteration finds” (“William”). Like a newborn creature, love looks around and evaluates, planning its next move. Match the two lovers together so they can spend an eternity together; love’s only goal. Before love can match the two people together, it must evaluate the situation around it. Do they have the right chemistry. Well, if a person wants a family and the other doesn’t, then no. If one likes to camp and so does the other, then yes. There is only important question love must answer; does it change when times do....   [tags: playwright and song writer]

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Macbeth Is An Extravagant Play Made By William Shakespeare

- Macbeth is an extravagant play made by William Shakespeare. Macbeth, the play, was composed in the early seventeenth century to entertain the king at that time. Some elements of the play are metaphor, theme, and imagery. The major elements of The Tragedy of Macbeth are the metaphor of sleep, the meanings behind the imagery, and the theme of criminality. Macbeth comes across his future, and at first is suspicious of the witches’ prophecies, but then the first one comes true. After that, life goes downhill for Macbeth....   [tags: Macbeth, King Duncan, Playwright]

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Langston Hughes: American Poet and Social Activist

- ... Langston continued to reside with his grandmother into his early teenage years when she had passed away. After this point, Langston resided with his mother, who was then remarried, in Lincoln, Illinois. Langston and his mother had moved often before they had finally settled in Cleveland, Ohio in 1916. In Cleveland, Ohio, Langston attended and graduated from high school before moving to Mexico to be with his father. In 1920, Langston Hughes traveled to Toluca, Mexico to reunite with his father....   [tags: jazz poetry, novelist, playwright]

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Fay Weldon: An Equal Opportunity Feminist

- ... The she-devil in the story, Ruth, begins the tale as a downtrodden homemaker. Ruth, the sometimes narrator, lives in the suburbs with her husband, Bobbo, and their two unremarkable children. Bobbo has a history of infidelity and tries to justify his actions by telling Ruth about each of his encounters. "Be patient. I don't intend to leave you. It's just that I'm in love with her and must act accordingly" (Weldon). Ruth feels that she cannot stand her situation any longer, a situation where all she has is her ugliness, unrewarding domesticity, ungrateful children and an unfaithful husband....   [tags: English author, essayist, playwright]

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Eighteenth Century Women Playwrights

- The following essay gives a short biography of eight of the most well known women playwrights of the eighteenth century. The essay runs in chronological order by each playwright’s birth date and describes the better known accomplishments of each playwright. The playwrights that I have included in this essay are: Mary Delariviere Manley, Mary Griffith Pix, Susanna Carroll Centlivre, Catherine Trotter Cockburn, Eliza Fowler Haywood, Elizabeth Griffith, Hannah Parkhouse Cowley, and Elizabeth Simpson Inchbald (Benedict 2003)....   [tags: European Europe History]

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Biography of James Thurber

- Biography of James Thurber On December 8, 1894 Charles L. Thurber and Mary Agnes Fisher Thurber had a child. His name was James Thurber. Thurber would grow up to become a world known humorist writer. Thurber’s father was a civil clerk and his mother had no job but was said to have been an eccentric woman. Thurber once said when he was eighty, “she never stopped performing and she always played pranks on friends and relatives” (Hayes 56: 156). Born in Columbus, Ohio Thurber was limited to focus on expanding his creativity as a child as a childhood injury would prevent him from ever playing sports (Heller 6: 2326-2331)....   [tags: American Cartoonist, Journalist, Playwright]

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George Bernard Shaw's Pygmalion

- For my Pygmalion performance, I decided to do a scene from Act II where Eliza encounters Higgins and Pickering for the first time together in the mansion. One of the main reasons why I chose this part of the play was because it was a starting point for important things that later takes place in the story. This was the initial point where Eliza meets Higgins and has a decent conversation about what she wants to do with her future, and in the end it results in Higgins making that decision for her....   [tags: my playwright performance essay]

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Renaissance Humanism and William Shakespeare

- Perhaps one of the most influential artists characterizing Renaissance Humanism in their work is William Shakespeare. He produced as many as thirty-seven plays, 154 sonnets, two long narrative poems and miscellaneous verse before his death in 1616 (Gaines). In studying his work, numerous authors have found that it is one of the truest representations of the Renaissance Humanism movement. This movement identifies with a shift from the medieval movement, which mostly focused on god and faith, to a more individual approach to life....   [tags: most notorious Elizabethan poet and playwright]

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Tennessee Williams: One of the Greatest and Most Controversial Playwrights in American History

- Tennessee Williams was known as one of the greatest and most controversial playwrights in American history. He once said “I believe that writing or any form of creative work was never meant by nature to be a man’s way of making a living, that when it becomes one it almost certainly loses a measure of purity” (Lewis 54). This statement shows that Williams was a genuine writer who wrote with finesse. He used his plays and poems to express his own thoughts and did not stifle an idea because the public would not agree with it....   [tags: Authors]

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One of the Most Influential Playwrights of the 19th Century: Oscar Wyld

- One of the most Influential playwrights of the 19th Century was writer and poet Oscar Wilde. From a very young age Oscar excelled above his classmates because he grew up in an intellectual environment. Some of his greatest influences were his parents, Swinburne, Walter Pater and John Ruskin. One of his most well known works was The Importance of Being Earnest, which he wrote in August of 1894. Today he is remembered for his daring social commentary. Oscar was born on October 16th 1854 under the birthname Oscar Fingal O’Flahertie Wills Wilde in Dublin, Ireland....   [tags: British writer and poet]

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Harry Lewis Sinclair

- Biography Harry Lewis Sinclair was born in Sauk, Centre Minnesota on February 7, 1885. Growing up he had two brothers and a father who worked as a physician. His mother died when he was six years old and his father would soon remarry. Feeling unaccomplished with himself, Lewis tried to run away and join the Spanish-American war in 1898, but he was unsuccessful (Borgoin). In 1903 Lewis enrolled at Yale University, where he wrote many pieces of literature. Over the summer he traveled to England, little did he know it would be the start of many other travels around the world....   [tags: Biography, American Novelist, Playwright, Writer]

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William Shakespeare's Macbeth

- The rise and fall of Macbeth very well mirrors the rise and fall of a 20th century dictator, the third president of Uganda, Idi Amin Dada. Macbeth and Amin Dada mirror each other in their rise to rule, what they did to stay in power, and the psychological changes they went through. At the start of the play Macbeth, Macbeth is high ranking in the military and considered a war hero. This very clearly mirrors Amin Dada before his rise to presidency. Amin Dada joined the King's African Rifles (KAR), which were Britain's colonial African troops....   [tags: LIterary Analysis, Playwright, Play Analysis]

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EVO:The Story

- Dot the main character lives in a colony of orbs with his best friend Pedor. One day he sees this light and after being lifted for a second he evolves. He starts freaking out so he hides out in near the shore by a rock. One day He goes back into the village and finds everyone screaming and his best friend Pedor Destroying and eating the colony. Dot: What is going on. Pedor: What's going on. I don't want to hear it. You weren't there, you weren't there when I changed into this monster. I was alone, an outcast everyone hated me I thought I would of been able to go to my friend but you weren't there you little piece of......   [tags: Play, playwright, story]

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About the Writer Willy Russell

- About the Writer Willy Russell William Russell was born in Whiston - just outside Liverpool, in 1947. At primary school he enjoyed reading, football and gardening, these were the only subjects he likes, but at secondary school he was consigned to the factory fodder D stream. It was in this surprising environment that he conceived the idea of being a writer. His only experience of factory work caused him to fail to obtain a printing apprenticeship, so his mother suggested he trained to be a women's hairdresser....   [tags: Willy Russell Playwright biographies Essays]

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The Difference of How a Theatrical Critic and a Reviewer Look at a Performer

- I. Introduction In today’s society, we are flustered with a variety of artistic performances, which are both praised and rejected by others. In a recent 2011 article by Bert Cardullo, he explains the two main types of persons whose main jobs are to look over these artistic performances and give their personal feedback. “It is certainly true that the critics—those persons whom the dictionary describes as “skilled in judging the qualities or merits of some class of things, especially of literary or artistic work”—have long harbored murderous thoughts about the condition of our drama, but their ineffectuality as public executioners is legendary....   [tags: feedback to playwrights]

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Playwrights of the Twentieth Century: Edward Albee

- Edward Albee is one of the greatest playwrights of the twentieth century, this is an opinion which creates major debates among literature lovers. Many people recognize his name as the writer of Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf; but if the reader takes a minute to evaluate his canon of writing, there is a splendid volume of work available. Albee faced tremendous obstacles that were not always transparent to all. Edward was at odds with the environment and the expectations of his parents. As his plays were written, he often was at odds with the critics....   [tags: biographical analysis]

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Comparison of Death of a Salesman and The Glass Menagerie

- Example: I asked Gina to accept my hand in marriage. She then smiled and as I awaited her response, her face appeared to diffuse just as leisurely as a dinner candle that is dripping its’ melting wax onto the fibers of an Egyptian, cotton tablecloth. The sentence example preceding this paragraph can be perplexing to any reader when any additional details are not given that describe the context in which this sentence has been written. Devoid of any transition in the opening sentence of this paper, the audience may not be able to discern whether the actions in the sentence are real or part of a dream or some alternate reality....   [tags: Writing Techniques, Playwrights]

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Eugene O’Neill: Pessimistic American who Showed Dark Social Realities of the modern Life and Started Modern American Drama

- ... Many of his characters reveal his own thoughts and experiences and give expression to his views and ideas. Tragedy is concerned with suffering and defeat. O’Neill’s tragic heroes are not men of high social position like other traditional heroes. They are not titans and supermen whose death can affect millions but they are always common persons like us. Andrew and Robert in Beyond the Horizon are the sons of farmer. In Straw, Eileen, because of the heavy burden of the family, is unable to complete her education....   [tags: notorious American playwrights]

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The Life and Impact of William Shakespeare

- William Shakespeare was considered one of the greatest playwrights the world has ever known. Did events in his childhood lead to this. Did his education play a role in his success. William Shakespeare was a very influential person of the 1600's and 1700's, who also had a great impact on our literary world. Shakespeare's actual birth date is unknown, but records of his baptism on 26, April 1564 leads most historians to believe his actual birth date was two or three days prior to his baptism. Shakespeare was born in Stratford-upon-Avon, England....   [tags: Greatest Playwrights, Biography, Literature]

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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

- Provide detailed background on the playwright and his method of inquiry. Death of a Salesman is one of Arthur Miller’s most famous works. It talks about the painful encounters within one family. It also tackles larger problems about American values. The play shows the faith in the American Dream. Miller proves that America is selling false dreams and hopes. Contrast, compare, or contextualize this in relation to other works by Arthur Miller. Arthur Miller's work covers a collection of themes. The American working class played a huge part in his writing....   [tags: famous playwrights, analysis and contrast]

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William Shakespeare's Life in London

- ... His poetry is wrote in iambic pentameter, which is the most common meter used in the English language poetry. An iamb is a metrical unit made up of 1 unstressed syllable followed by 1 stressed syllable. Pentameter refers to the number of iambs in a line. There are five iambs in a line of iambic pentameter. The lines in Shakespeare’s work have 10 syllables per line and they do not rhyme. His plays often have elaborate metaphors and conceits. Shakespeare’s writing style makes his plays hard to read and understand if you are not used to it....   [tags: influential playwrights and poets]

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Research Paper: William Shakespeare

- William Shakespeare, an accredited playwright and poet was born to the late Mary Arden and John Shakespeare. Shakespeare’s birthdate is not known but it is celebrated April 23 (Bentley 11). In this time period a child had to be baptized on the nearest Sunday and Shakespeare was baptized on April 26, 1564. There are no records that proves that Shakespeare attended school as an adolescent but it was assumed that Shakespeare attended Stratford grammar school. Because of financial issues he was removed from school in his early teens (Walter 4)....   [tags: famous playwrights and poets]

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Tartuffe, a Comedy by Molier

- Tartuffe is one of the most famous comedies written by the French playwright Molière. The play tells the story of a wealthy Frenchman named Orgon who takes in Tartuffe, a man who presents himself to be religious and passionate but actually turns out to be a hypocrite. Despite his family’s warnings, Orgon completely turns his back on his family in order to protect Tartuffe, who betrays him. During that time the play was first written and performed, many people, along with King Louis XIV himself, enjoyed the play....   [tags: French playwrights, irony, literary analysis]

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A Deep Connection

- Once, as a young sailor roaming the ominous and historic streets of New London, Connecticut, while mischievously walking the length of New London’s legendary Bank Street, infamous for its boisterous bars. I noticed, a grand theater and street named after Eugene O’Neill. Of course, in my naiveté, I did not know why the city of New London had given such homage this man. Truth be told, I had recently learned about the deep connection between Susan Glaspell and Eugene O ‘Neill. They are the two most influential Playwrights in our American history....   [tags: Playwrights]

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Analysis of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra

- Analysis of Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra The most influential writer in all of English literature, William Shakespeare was born in 1564 to a successful middle-class glove maker in Stratford-upon-Avon, England. Shakespeare attended grammar school, but his formal education proceeded no further. In 1582 he married an older woman, Anne Hathaway, and had three children with her. Around 1590 he left his family behind and traveled to London to work as an actor and playwright. Public and critical acclaim quickly followed, and Shakespeare eventually became the most popular playwright in England and part-owner of the Globe Theater....   [tags: William Shakespeare Playwrights Literature Essays]

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The Greatest Playwight in History

- “O Romeo, Romeo. Wherefore art thou Romeo?” ( Act II: Sc.2, line 135) One should had came across this popular expression from Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet many times during one’s lifetime. Influenced by the famous play, this expression, used often as mockery, described a person deep in desperate love. Romeo and Juliet was a heart-breaking play about the two star-crossed lovers, Romeo and Juliet, and their fight to break the boundaries set between them. Through his powerful usage of the English language in Romeo and Juliet, Shakespeare was able to bring tears, laughter, and anger to his audience by portraying the story of the human struggle against the forces of fate, emotion, and misfortun...   [tags: Shakespearean Literature]

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Renaissance Authors and Psychological Depth in their Characters: Example of Marlowe´s The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus

- How do Renaissance Playwrights attempt to lend psychological depth to their characters. Marlowe's major dramas, Tamburlaine, The jew of Malta and Doctor Faustus, all portrays heroes who desperately seek power- the power of rule, of knowledge, and respectability. All his heroes are overreacher and are 'striving to get beyond the conventional boundaries established to contain the human will.' This paper will focus on Marlowe's well-known play: The Tragical History of Doctor Faustus, in which Faustus seeks the mastery and voluptuous pleasure that come from forbbiden knowledge....   [tags: Playwrights, Society, Culture]

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Compare and contrast Ben Jonson’s ‘The Alchemist’ and Shakespeare’s ‘The Tempest’

- The study will encompass the compare and contrast of two great writers’ literary works. It will take comprehensive discussion on “Ben Jonson’s The Alchemist” and “William Shakespeare’s The Tempest”. Jonson and Shakespeare were contemporaries with more immediately recognizable common ground between them than difference. They shared the same profession and brought forth their works from the matrix of common intellectual property. They appealed to the same audience and both gained popularity and esteem as accomplished playwrights....   [tags: English Literature, Famous Playwrights]

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How the Medieval Period Impacted Elizabethan Period Theater

- This semester we covered many time periods and learned about theater life, playwrights, and play genres which were all very interesting and I learned a lot. There are only two eras I felt more interest in discussing for my final term paper the Medieval period and the Elizabethan period. So I decided to discuss how the Medieval period theatre impacted the Elizabethan period theatre. I found that Elizabethan theater was heavily influenced by the Medieval theater in several ways including: the influence of the kinds of plays, the influence of the concepts in different genres, the performance aspect itself along with staging and religious and political controversies....   [tags: life, playwrights and play genres]

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Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf by Edward Albee

- History of the Drama Who’s Afraid of Virgina Woolf is famous absurd play written by Edward Albee. It was first performed on ocatobar in New York and it won the New York drama critics Circle award and the Tony Award for the season 1962-63 season. In American society it bought the major shakeup which was yet to be seen in the future. In the late 1960s economically as well as socially America was being homogenized through cold war, planned suburbs and fast food culture. Different voices like Albee came to the world in the late 1960s....   [tags: controversial playwrights, voices]

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Feminist Themes of Susan Glaspell's Plays

- ... Another major theme is the female identity, and it is found mostly within the analysis of Mrs. Wright and Mrs. Peters. In her marriage, Mrs. Wright was a woman who lost her identity because her husband destroyed every piece of who she was as Minnie Foster. Mrs. Wright shows no sign of Minnie Foster any more because of her husband. Her individual female identity was destroyed by his need for power and control over her. His control reached into every aspect of her life, so much so that after she killed him, she seemed not only very strange but according to Mr....   [tags: first American femlae playwrights]

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