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  • American Dream
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    Is there such thing as a modern tragedy What is a tragedy According to Webster's Dictionary, tragedy is defined as a drama portraying the conflict between the individual human will and fate or necessity. Aristotle said a play has to have four elements to qualify as a tragedy: 1) noble or impressive characters; 2) the main character's discovery or recognition of a truth about himself; 3) poetic language; and 4) the ability to arouse and then soothe the audience's pity and fear. The two plays that...
  • John Arden And Peter Shaffer
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    "During the years of the so-called New Drama in Britain, critics became used, almost to the point of being blas'e, to dramatists making sensational debuts" (Taylor 313). These dramatists (or playwrights) included John Osborne, Harold Pinter, Arnold Weaker, John Arden, and Peter Shaffer. Peter Levin and his twin brother Anthony were born to Jake Re ka and Freeman Shaffer in Liverpool, England on May 15, 1926. Anthony is also a playwright, who's play Sleuth (1970), has had more performances than a...
  • Hansberry's Work
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    Her first play, A Raisin In the Sun, is based on her childhood experiences of desegregating a white neighborhood. It won the New York Drama Critic's Circle Award as Best Play of the Year. She was the youngest American, the fifth woman and the first black to win the award. Her success opened the floodgates for a generation of modern black actors and writers who were influenced and encouraged by her writing. Hansberry was born in 1930, the youngest of four children of Carl and Nannie Hansberry, a ...
  • Lack Of Self Honesty Of Willy
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    If gaining success were easy, everybody would be successful. Although who is to say what exactly being successful embodies. In America, the success of a person is weighed according to the amount of materialistic possessions one has attained. In a success orientated society such as this, living according to these values means that one must also be aware of failure. In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, the author touches upon the themes of failure and staying true to ones self. The re...
  • Works Of Neil Simon
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    As one of North America's leading playwrights, Neil Simon has definitely been instrumental to the world of theater. He has experienced a somewhat shaky personal life, but he has found that this only adds to the texture of his work. He began his career working on radio and television, and found that writing for stage was significantly different than his previous experiences writing. His first attempts at theater were rough, but it didn't take him long to achieve excellence. He has also achieved g...
  • Play Courting Chekov Leaves Viewers
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    If a person wants to spend their evening viewing an exciting and thought-provoking play, they better veer themselves away from the play Courting Chekov. In contrast to a stimulating evening at the theatre, the play Courting Chekov leaves viewers puzzled about the theme and questioning the overall effect of the written play. Despite being somewhat of a disappointment, the elements of both lighting and set design were successful in capturing the attention of the audience and therefore allowing the...
  • Suzuki Method Of Violin Instruction
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    Although the Suzuki method of violin instruction had a great deal of success in Japan, its mixed success in the United States has led me to believe that the program is not worth our time. The magic of the discovery and experimentation with music is shattered by the teachings of the 'Suzuki method. ' Children appear to quickly lose interest in learning new songs, judging by observations. A certain degree of interest is necessary when learning to play an instrument, and it appears that the passion...
  • Radio Play
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    The Fire On The Snow Why Was It Such A Success As A Radio Play? The fire on the snow set in the depths of Antarctica where five men were to defeat history in a race to the pole. This radio play is one of the finest radio plays ever made in Australia and has the history written down everywhere in it. The play was about carving the way into to history by exploring Antarctica like men explored the sea in the 18th century. I believe that this radio play had such success due to the fact that five men...

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