David Rabe | Critical Essay by Philip C. Kolin

This literature criticism consists of approximately 3 pages of analysis & critique of David Rabe.
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Critical Essay by Philip C. Kolin

SOURCE: Kolin, Philip C. “Rabe's Streamers.Explicator 45, no. 1 (fall 1986): 63–4.

In the following essay, Kolin describes Streamers as a coming-of-age story.

The last play in his Vietnam trilogy,1 David Rabe's Streamers (1976) explores an archetypical theme—the rite of passage into manhood—in the lives of four young soldiers (Billy, Roger, Richie, Carlyle) who are in a period of transition from stateside Army life to Viet Nam combat. The testing ground for these young men is a barracks frequently described as “a home,” “my house,” or a “happy family” where they are to learn the “obligations” of soldiering.2 An essential character in their drama of manhood is the father (or father figure); and multiple examples in Streamers...

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