The Theory and Practice of Arthur Miller

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literature, Arthur Miller, theory, playwriting, tragedy, society and morality


American Literature | Comparative Literature | Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theory | English Language and Literature | Playwriting


This paper is constructed primarily toward the end of informing the reader of Arthur Miller's ideas concerning the drama and its function as a civilizing influence in society. Four of Arthur Miller's plays were chosen in order to give some evidence of of development and diversity in Miller's style and content of writing. For the most part, the analyses and interpretations of these plays have been written from the viewpoint of Arthur Miller. The plays are form three definite periods. From the early period are All My Sons (1947) and Death of a Salesman (1949), the middle period, A View from the Bridge (1955), and the last, Miller's most recent work, After the Fall (1964).

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