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By M. Schwartz

Analyzing twenty-five years of theatre historical past, this e-book covers the key performs that characteristic representations of the economic employees of the realm. American classification circulation and sophistication divisions have lengthy been mirrored at the Broadway level and right here Michael Schwartz provides a clean examine the clash among exertions and capital.

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Nevertheless, the violent connotations of the term “sabotage” were neither lost on the general public nor on the socialists who might otherwise have supported Wobbly causes. This rift over the meaning off sabotage came to a head in the 1912 convention of the Socialist Party, when it was decided to rescind and deny membership to anyone who advocated any sort of “crime, sabotage, or other means of violence” To Stop the World 19 (National Constitution of the Socialist Party, Article II, Section 6, p.

O’Neill 22). It was this “charge” that ultimately defeats Yank, as well as a number of other of O’Neill’s characters. W. were ultimately unequal. Whether O’Neill’s attempt to create a “humanist” story rather than a “social” one was misguided or not proved fodder for critics, both conservative and more radical. Eleanor Flexner’s commentary on the play in her 1938 book on American playwrights of the past 20 years (significantly subtitled “The Theatre Retreats from Reality”) chides the play and O’Neill for a failure of logic: “Just what does all this mean?

Yank,” O’Neill insisted, “is really yourself, and myself. He is every human being” (Gelb and Gelb 499). The “every human” attitude that O’Neill insisted upon, rather than a strictly “social” play, becomes a main factor in interpreting O’Neill’s tragedies as humanistic, where something essential to life is man’s greatest enemy. Raymond Williams, in Modern Tragedy, elaborates on O’Neill’s take on life as man’s antagonist: “The isolated persons clash and destroy each other, not simply because their particular relationships are wrong, but because life as such is inevitably against them” (Williams 116).

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