Death of a Salesman and The Glass Menagerie: A Phenomenological Reduction

Bakhtiar Naghdipour

Abstract


Tennessee Williams and Arthur Miller were two memory playwrights who searched the memory or the collective unconscious of their generation for the lost dreams of an unspoiled myth as well as the genuine ideals of love, humanity and dignity. These authors employed techniques and mechanisms such as poetic language and expressionistic stage directions to translate the inner workings of their characters into artistic projection. This paper employs the phenomenological principles of Geneva School of criticism with the aim of reducing the immediate consciousness of Williams and Miller, projected as stories of Tom and Willy, in search for the playwrights’ attitudes towards some basic concepts of life in the modern era.

 


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Death of a Salesman, The Glass Menagerie, memory play, phenomenological reduction

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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7575/aiac.ijalel.v.2n.3p.147

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