The Great Depression Essay

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Look back at the 20th century in depression and anger. The 20th century is when European theatre turned to more of realistic themed plays. The great depression is a major contributor for this. 20th century theatre is when the Great Depression plagued Europe, Because of this playwrights started to make plays on realism like John Osborn’s Look back in anger.
The great depression was not only in the U.S.A., Europe suffered from this as well because the United States was a big trading country for Europe (Pugh). Although people in Europe did not have as many people unemployed most people still had jobs (Pugh). The thing people were worried about was how far money would go (Pugh). Do to this marriage rates overall went down. But people started
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Elisabeth joined the Royal Auxiliary Territorial in 1945 (Pettiuger). Queen Elisabeth was crowned at age 25 on 1952 (Pettiuger). Queen Elisabeth married prince Phillip of Greece (Pettiuger). Elisabeth still rules today.
Theatre back before Elisabeth’s childhood is when modern theatre begun. Modern theatre is said to have begun in 1887 in Paris by André (Carlson). In the early 1900s Erwin Piscator is thought to have made theatre for the working class not just the upper noble class (Carlson). Theatre was mainly based off of realism (Carlson). Realism plays would be made to relate to people and their problems. Due to Europe’s modernist movements, that occurred right before WW1 (Carlson). Playwrights made their plays more symbolic for the first major movement (Carlson). After the symbolic movement expressionism took over the theatre world (Carlson). Towards the end of the 1900s theatre was all about unrealistic things (Carlson). So people started to make plays about the future. (Carlson). 1900s had a variety of play types the most popular being realistic plays.
John Osborn, the playwright to Look Back in Anger, was an ill-tempered man married to Penelope Gilliatt (Hielpein/ Trussler, 323). He was an actor before he was a playwright (Hielpein). When he started to write plays he decided to be a traditionalist (Hielpein). He says he did not contribute to British theatre. In Osborn’s mind he thought unhappiness is

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