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Speaking and Listening – Assessing Miss Norat’s Arthur Miller Presentation Learning Objectives: To be able to identify what makes a good speaking and listening presentation. To be able to respond to information about Arthur Miller. As you watch the presentation – complete the table
Is Arthur Miller the Greatest Playwright Who Ever Lived? By Miss Norat
Who is Arthur Miller?
Arthur Asher Miller Playwright, essayist and prominent figure in American theatre. Born in Harlem, New York City. Polish Jewish immigrants ruined by the Wall Street Crash. Paid for his own college tuition-living the American Dream.
“The American Dream is the largely unacknowledged screen in front of which all American writing plays itself out..."death and betrayal and injustice and how we are to account for this little life of ours.” –Arthur Miller
Academic Life - building the dream His first play:No Villain Changed course-won an award Professor Kenneth Rowe- understood the art of a playwright "The dynamic of play construction" Arthur Miller Award, Arthur Miller Award in dramatic writing, the Arthur Miller theatre
1939 Closed down. Worked in Brooklyn Navy Yard and continued writing radio plays.
What has been said about his plays?
"a very depressing play in a time of great optimism" - All My Sons "Miller has written a superb drama.... It is so simple in style and so inevitable in theme that is scarcely seems like a thing that has been written and acted. For Mr. Miller has looked with compassion into the hearts of some ordinary Americans and quietly transferred their hope and anguish to the theatre. " - death of a salesman
"Miller has written another powerful play..." - the crucible "has power and substance" - A view from the bridge "Will give a great deal of pleasure to many people" - the price "an anguished consideration of mortality and the gulf between men and women." - elegy for a lady
The turning point
House un-American activities committee Monitoring 'communist' activities during a time of tension:the Cold War Communist sympathisers blacklisted and brought to account in front of the committee Miller investigate by HUAC and wrote 'the crucible' inspired by the Salem Witch Trials.
"Great theatre can change the world" 6 decades of: Power conflicts Personal responsibility Social responsibility Repercussions of past actions Guilt Hope Morality
Who can he compare to?
William Faulkner America's 'poet and prophet of race'
Thornton Wildner "I regard the theatre as the greatest of all art forms, the most immediate way in which a human being can share with another the sense of what it is to be a human being"
Tennessee Williams "The violets in the mountains have broken the rocks"
So is he the greatest playwright?
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