David Rabe | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Robert J. Andreach

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Critical Essay by Robert J. Andreach

SOURCE: Andreach, Robert J. “Unredeemed Savagery in The Orphan: David Rabe's Contemporary Oresteia.Classical and Modern Literature: A Quarterly 15, no. 4 (summer 1995): 329-44.

In the following essay, Andreach discusses The Orphan as a modern dramatization of Aeschylus's Oresteia trilogy.

While composing an afterword for the 1993 publication of his four Vietnam plays spawned by the war, David Rabe discovered the past to be alive. “Vietnam,” he writes, “rises before me as our communal manifestation of an urge toward a shadowy savagery innate in all human character but with specifics reflecting the individuality of our society, the true assertion of our deepest, unacknowledged values.”1 He does not link the savagery and Dionysian energy in this passage, although the fourth play, The Orphan, does by linking Apollo and Dionysus. The...

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