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J.B. has ratings and 82 reviews. Julia said: I’ve directed this play three times and read it about MacLeish’s poetry is phenomenal, and this mo. J.B.: A Play in Verse [Archibald MacLeish] on *FREE* shipping on qualifying offers. Based on the story of Job, this drama in verse tells the story of. J. ALD MACLEISH AUTHOR BIOGRAPHYPLOT SUMMARYCHARACTERSTHEMESSTYLEHISTORICAL CONTEXTCRITICAL.

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J.B.: A Play in Verse

An modern adaptation of macpeish Biblical story of Job. This affirmation of life macleissh followed by the return of Sarah and by a brief lyrical expression of human love. Nickles, sickened by what he calls a forced repentance because God threw at J. The play went through several incarnations before it j finally published. Reading this was fine and good and hard, just like Job is.

Bily is an instructor of writing and literature at Adrian College. Because each style has its own formatting nuances that evolve over time and not all information is available for every reference entry or article, Encyclopedia. Why is life so hard? I had high hopes of liking it, because I am drawn to the biblical story of Job and the subject of human suffering and how it reconciles or doesn’t with belief in a just and merciful god, and also because of Archibald MacLeish’s distinguished career as a poet, writer, and librarian of Congress.

When World War II ended inthe misery did not end for people who had lived through it, particularly for people who lived in the areas that had been hardest hit by the bombing. God restores everything J. From their point of view, he is a lousy actor.

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These and other questions were important aspects to reading this play, and I appreciated mqcleish opportunity to grapple with such complex questions.

Internet URLs are the best. He also noted that the dignity, gravity, and simplicity of the King James Version was hard to match in modern poetry. Zuss believes that this relationship between God and man is proper and that for man to challenge God or seek justice from him is inappropriate.

MacLeish wondered how modern people could retain hope and keep on living with all the suffering in the world and offered this play as an answer. Their poetry was more vivid, more original and more memorable. Mar 01, Kiki rated it liked it Shelves: These two old actors, modifications of Good and Evil, are not only rivals for supremacy but for domination over this rich American banker, the current Job.

This is a good book for a Bible class macleiish that they are open to see evil, in all forms, as coming from sufffering and damaged human beings, accidents and the unconscioius. In the late s and early s, other playwrights attempted verse drama. As the play begins, he and Mr. Criticism of the play can be divided roughly into two types: Arranged in a question-and-answer format, this book was pieced together from several interviews MacLeish granted during the last years of his life.

Refresh and try again. His analysis of J. This time God answers, in the form of a macleixh, disembodied voice over mcleish public address system. For secular readers and audiences of the early twenty-first century, drama in verse may seem as exotic as the language of the King James Bible. Aug 26, David rated it it was amazing. For the rest of the play Zuss and Nickles each fulfill a dual role, one deified and one human. MacLeish adapted the three comforters into approximations of three phases of modern society: Feb 18, Natalie rated it it was amazing Shelves: The dead teenagers are their children, Mary and Jonathan, killed by a drunk driver when their car crashed into a viaduct.


The British playwright Christopher Fry wrote and directed eight plays in verse. Significantly, Fry was a playwright and director, not a poet, when he turned to this form.

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In the view of Henry Hewes, J. Murder in the Cathedral, his first verse play, is generally considered his best.

Brilliant — a brill J. If you prefer to suggest your own revision of the article, you can go to edit mode requires login.

Donaldson, Scott, in collaboration with R. They approach the play with the expectation that the author has used the story of Job as a framework for macelish own work and accept that any variations he may create in his version are conscious choices, not failings to understand.

He and his sister Mary are killed by a teenage drunk driver in scene 4. Views Read Edit View history. Macleeish the God mask and the Satan mask, Mr.