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August Wilson and Neil Simon: Domestic Goddesses

2 pages | 480 words

This essay compares and contrasts the female characters in August Wilson's Fences and Neil Simon's Brighton Beach Memoirs. It discusses how these writers use their characters to reveal universal values such as love, family, and loyalty.

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The Use of Light and Dark in A Streetcar Named Desire

3 pages | 750 words

"A Streetcar Named Desire" by Williams Tennessee is a play that explores the dark side of human nature. The playwright uses various symbols to suggest an overall theme of light versus darkness, or good versus evil. The conflict between Stanley and Blanche represents the conflict between the Old South and the New South. In the end, Blanche's fragility gives way to madness, which ultimately leads to her downfall.

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The Majority is Always Wrong: An Analysis of Henrique Ibsen’s An Enemy of the People

5 pages | 1110 words

An Enemy of the People is a play by Henrik Ibsen about a small town in Norway that becomes very successful when its citizens discover that the water from the local spa has healing properties. Thomas Stockmann, the town doctor, discovers that the water is actually contaminated with effluent from a nearby factory and tries to warn the townspeople about the danger. However, no one will listen to him because they are all making money from the spa's success and don't want anything to change. Stockmann eventually decides to go public with his findings, but this only makes him even more unpopular with his fellow citizens who now see him as an enemy of the people.

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