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Curse of the Starving Class Essay | Critical Essay #9

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Critical Essay #9

Reiss and Oliveri have established the importance of understanding a family's belief system or operating paradigm as a way of interpreting its attitudes and behavior. Shepard's Tates seem to view themselves as failures, exploited and isolated, controlled by elements outside themselves, and destined to live out a "curse" passed on by former generations. There is no prevailing sense of unity or cohesion, and while much of the play takes place in the kitchen, people come and go randomly. The one attempt by Weston to insert hope and direction into the family is rejected, especially by Wesley, who has accepted the family belief that it is too late to start over. The father's new sense of purpose, based on his feeling of connectedness, does not fit with the family's operating paradigm.

Another reflection by Shepard of the difficulty of family transitions comes through Weston's voice: "The jumps. I couldn't...

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