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Curse of the Starving Class Essay | Critical Essay #3

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Critical Essay #3

In the following essay, the author discusses Shepard's creation of an "intricate network" of elements to create a "mythic subtext" of forces infecting the lives of his characters.

In Curse of the Starving Class, it is not just the father's ghost who refuses to die but also a family curse, an inherited predisposition toward violence, a "nitroglycerine of the blood" that flows through the son's veins as it does through the father's. Like the unseen forces at work on Shepard's earlier characters, this blood curse, transmitted from generation to generation by "tiny cells and genes," is a powerful yet invisible force, imposing itself upon the characters in the play without their consent. And, without their consent, it turns them against each other, so that the curse of Shepard's "starving class" family is to be forever locked in battle: clinging to each other for life, yet fighting to the...

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