Sam Shepard | Critical Essay by Gerald Weales

This literature criticism consists of approximately 2 pages of analysis & critique of Sam Shepard.
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Critical Essay by Gerald Weales

[Except for Melodrama Play], which has something approximating a conventional plot, [the plays collected in Shepard's Five Plays] are all constructed in the same fashion. He puts a number of not very well differentiated characters into a situation in which an undefined something seems to be going on and lets them talk, either in long monologues or in exchanges that tend toward single-sentence lines. It is possible to find meaning, in the traditional sense, in his works, to assume that the bookcase chore in Fourteen Hundred Thousand is a lifetime task, unwillingly undertaken; that Icarus's Mother is about the bomb; that Melodrama Play is incidentally concerned with making satirical points about the pop-music industry. Yet the communication of ideas is not Shepard's concern. (p. 241)

Red Cross, probably the most interesting of the plays, provides a good introduction to Shepard's work...

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