Curse of the Starving Class | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Thomas P. Adler

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Critical Essay by Thomas P. Adler

[In Curse of the Starving Class] Shepard displays some of the same anti-capitalistic bias and revolutionary fervor Shaw once did, but here without the novelty in form that is almost a trademark of Shepard's earlier plays. Nothing of the rock culture in this one; instead, we are given an old-fashioned, evidently autobiographical, family problem play, mostly naturalistic (though punctuated by poetic cadenzas) and so banal in its outlines as to make us wonder if this alltime favorite genre has not run its course….

I would like to report that the play works better and more creatively on the symbolic level, but here the imagery tends to excess. The empty refrigerator that the characters stare into with ritual regularity speaks not only of physical, but of emotional, cultural, and moral starvation as well. And Weston's parable of...

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