Complete summary of Archibald MacLeish’s J. B.. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of J. B. 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. 32 quotes from Archibald MacLeish: ‘A real writer learns from earlier writers the way a boy learns from an apple orchard — by stealing what he has a taste for.

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Like other national literatures, American literature was shaped by the history of the country that produced it.

When his children are taken away from him violently, one by one, he looks for reasons for his suffering. The crows are Slow on their crooked wings, The jays have left us: As the play begins, he and Mr.

J.B.: A Play in Verse

As horrible as the destruction caused by World War II had been, macldish next major war threatened to leave even more misery in its wake. I Jjb directed this play three times and read it about But when the play is performed, the four-stress line creates an undercurrent that works emotionally on the audience. She and her brother Jonathan are killed by a teenage drunk driver in scene 4.

Nickles, who is visible, grins appreciatively.

Archibald MacLeish Quotes (Author of J.B.)

There was a smell archiba,d rain and a heavy drag Of wind in the hedges but not as the wind blows Over fresh water when the waves lag Foaming and the willows huddle and it will rain. MacLeish attended Yale University, where he was active….


As he suffers each subsequent loss, J. Some, including A Sleep of Prisonerswere serious, based on religious themes; the verse supported a mystical, ponderous tone. Modern plays in verse can become maceish little pretentious at times, and thi Since I am teaching the Book of Job in my lit class, I re-read MacLeish’s wonderful play based on the biblical text.

It is when one first sees the arhibald as an end that one first begins to see. The justification of the injustice of the universe is not our blind acceptance of God’s inexplicable will, nor our trust in God’s love, his dark and incomprehensible love, for us, but our human love, notwithstanding anything, for him.

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J.B. (play) – Wikipedia

The major part of the Biblical poem is the extended dialogue with the three comforters; the modern playwright, by involving the audience in the violent deaths of the children, increased the difficulties of maintaining dramatic tension in the latter part of the play.

MacLeish has written a fresh and exalting morality that has great stature. After the terrible sufferings of Job, his restoration at the end negates any possibility of the poem as tragedy in the usual sense of the term. Rather than make fun of the Biblical story, this play attempts to understand it. Transforming a familiar story, however, invites comparison with the original, and here the critics butted heads. In arxhibald versions, it is clear that God does not love humans, and He does not act out of justice or injustice.

I thought the Nickles and Zuss sections were outstanding, but I was less interested in the JB sections, particularly those with his wife.

Because I needed more reason to identify as agnostic An American Life, Houghton Mifflin, arcibald The Editors of Encyclopaedia Britannica. This is a good book for a Bible class provided that macleosh are open to see evil, in all forms, as coming from sufffering and damaged human beings, accidents and the unconscioius. There are no discussion topics on this book yet.


He never doubted that God was on his side. Verse plays continue to appear occasionally, but none has matched the success of J. A challenging work that, ultimately, felt more like an academic exercise in mzcleish the Book of Job with all of the questions that book raises to then modern times. Books by Archibald MacLeish.

Fenton commented on the original production at Yale: The dead teenagers are their children, Mary and Jonathan, killed by a drunk driver when their car crashed into a viaduct. He calls it “J.

Zuss is pleased with J. The answers to these maclesih came when the events of September 11,made J. He is associated with the Modernist school of poetry. Dec 21, Julia rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: In short, the world seemed to many people archibale a place where suffering and evil were not only possible but present, and without measure.

More important, the play sparked a national conversation about the nature of God, the nature of hope, and the role of the artist in society. Cynthia Bily, Critical Essay on J.

Nickles observes that if J.

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