Buried Child | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Doris Auerbach

This literature criticism consists of approximately 12 pages of analysis & critique of Buried Child.
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Critical Essay by Doris Auerbach

SOURCE: ";Buried Child, "; in Sam Shepard, Arthur Kopit, and the Off Broadway Theatre, Twayne Publishers, 1982, pp. 53-61.

In the following essay, Auerbach, an educator and critic, offers an interpretation of Buried Child, stressing the play's discouraging message of lost American promise, yet also noting a sense of hope at the conclusion of the drama.

The Theme Restated

One of Shepard's recurring themes is the decay of the American family, which can readily be seen as a synonym for the nonviability of today's American society. The playwright sounded this theme very early in his career in the one-act play Rock Garden, which he still considers among the best of his one-act plays. He treats the theme more fully in Curse of the Starving Class, which marks the next stage of development that...

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