The Lower Depths Essay

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Lynch teaches at the Potrero Hill After School Program and the Taos Literacy Program. Lynch also contributes to Geronimo, a journal of politics and culture. In the following essay, Lynch argues that the flawed nature of Gorki's characters reveals the complexity both of the author and of humankind in general.

The Lower Depths is typically characterized as a masterpiece, but one that is glaringly flawed. The flaws most often cited are Gorki's tendency to impose upon his characters language which rings false or is agenda-driven, and the fact that certain characters are viewed as unconvincing or unbelievable. Luka and Sahtin in particular generate these criticisms. From the first appearance of the play, critics have taken issue with inconsistencies in Luka's behavior, which weaken the moral objective around his character. Gorki himself gave conflicting interpretations of Luka's purpose in the story. Critics have also questioned Sahtin as the mouthpiece...

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