Pulitzer Prize for Drama

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  • Themes In A View From The Bridge

    Arthur Miller was an American playwright who produced the play "A View from the Bridge", first staged on September 29, 1955. It was made into two acts after being unsuccessful as a one Act verse drama. The play is set in the 1950s America, in an Italian-American neighbourhood called Red Hook, a slum area, in New York at the Brooklyn Bridge . Miller heard the story from a lawyer who worked with longshoremen and soon he developed it into a drama first staged on September 29, 1955. It was related to him as a true story. The play is a tragedy. The Greek tragedy playwritting style strongly influenced Miller making his plays reflect important political and social comments in communism. The play has many themes including the theme of illegal immigration,…

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  • Modern Paranoia In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

    Arthur Miller’s playwright, Death of a Salesman, reveals many of the insecurities and fears of the 20th century American self-made man. Miller expresses this modern paranoia through the fictional life of Willy Loman. As an elderly salesman, Willy’s career as an on-the-road salesman appears to be coming to a close. Willy hopes for stability in his later life through his past success and through his sons, Biff and Happy. The high standards that he raised himself and his sons on embodies his hopes…

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  • Themes In August Wilson's The Piano Lesson

    Playwright August Wilson uses his plays to display the struggles of Black Americans living throughout the twentieth century. In fact, August Wilson uses The piano Lesson to uncover the hardships Boy Willie and his family face focusing on a time when his family was held captive as slaves to a chance to own his own piece of land. The Piano Lesson demonstrates the importance of family heirlooms and how no amount of money could ever replace the sentimental value they hold. Berniece and Boy Willie…

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  • The American Dream In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

    Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman presents two opposing views of the American dream, one from the eyes of Willy Loman and the other from the eyes of his son, Biff Loman. Over the course of one day, Willy’s concept of success is expressed through his failures to attain it throughout his life, while Biff’s perspective is dynamic and throughout the day he comes away with a different idea entirely of what it means to be successful. Biff’s eye-opening moment comes as he recognizes the true reality…

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  • Fences Questions And Answers

    Bryan Alvizures March 6,2018 Mr. Amoroso. Period 9 Concept questions 3 In the play “Fences” by August Wilson, Troy(the main character) has a a type of dualistic nature within him. Sometimes he teaches lessons while sometimes he shows complete anger and no control. On page 66 he states “ I’m trying to find a way to tell you ...I’m gonna be a daddy. I’m gonna be somebody’s daddy.” Troy is showing himself as a person who doesn’t respect his wife and went out to have a baby with…

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  • Symbols In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

    In his play, “Death of a Salesman”, Arthur Miller utilizes many symbols to illustrate the themes of success and failure. In many instances throughout “Death of a Salesman” Willy’s late older brother, Ben, appears to him in times of despair. Other symbols presented to the readers is Willy’s desperate attempt at planting a garden at the end of the play, and the tape recorder. These symbols represent Willy’s final attempts to be successful and the failure he cannot escape. As a young man, Ben set…

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  • The Piano Lesson Analysis

    Playwright August Wilson writes his drama’s in order to demonstrate the struggles of Black Americans throughout the twentieth century. In fact, August Wilson uses The Piano Lesson to illustrate the hardships of two siblings involving conflicts, symbolism, religion, and folklore. Boy Willie focuses mainly on the time at which his family was held captive as slaves to a chance to buy his own piece of land. The Piano Lesson demonstrates the importance of family heirlooms and how no amount of money…

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  • The American Dream And Success In Death Of A Salesman

    The Full Title: The American Dream and Success in Death of a Salesman Leah McCarvill Post University Abstract The 1966 film “Death of a Salesman” based on the play written by Arthur Miller that tells how the main character Willy Loman who is struggling with the realization that his idea of the American Dream and success along with how this is effecting his relationships with his family. Miller used conflict and dramatic irony in a manner that illustrates how the American dream of success can…

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  • Ghost By Henrik Ibsen Essay

    “Ghosts” is a stage play written by the Norwegian playwright Henrik Ibsen. The stage play was written in 1881, and first staged in 1882 in Chicago, Illinois. (Mulyani, 2014) It was starred by Judi Dench, Michael Gambon, Kenneth Branagh, Freddie Jones and Natasha Richardson. Ghosts begins with a conversation between Mr. Engstrand and his daughter Regina. He tried to convince his daughter to come back home, and leave Mrs. Alving’s orphanage, which was built for Captain Alving’s, her husband, 10th…

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  • Character Analysis Of Willy In Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

    Dr. Harald Sala once said, “Understanding yourself is a step towards inner peace, and a step nearer achieving your unfulfilled ambitions.” This quote is seen throughout the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, however there are characters in the play that know the meaning of understanding yourself and the happiness of success. Ben in the play is Willy’s older brother and is a form of guidance in Willy’s life, so he has a major impact on Willy and unlike his brother, he is very ambitious.…

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