Jean Anouilh | Critical Essay by Leonard Cabell Pronko

This literature criticism consists of approximately 11 pages of analysis & critique of Jean Anouilh.
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Anouilh's view of life and man's place in the universe has remained essentially unchanged throughout his career. The later plays clarify and elaborate upon ideas presented in the early ones. To be sure, there is a certain development and a shift in focus as the author matures. But it is noteworthy that Anouilh's basic concepts are present from the beginning and have not changed fundamentally in the course of almost thirty years. If this has led to some degree of repetition, it is to be regretted, but that very repetition tends to give a certain unity to Anouilh's theater. He has developed what we might call a personal mythology, composed of characters, situations, and language which are peculiar to his world and reflect effectively his view of life.

The development of Anouilh's themes makes it possible to divide the plays into several periods, based...

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