The Odd Couple Essay

This Study Guide consists of approximately 41 pages of chapter summaries, quotes, character analysis, themes, and more - everything you need to sharpen your knowledge of The Odd Couple.
This section contains 1,714 words
(approx. 5 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Odd Couple Study Guide

Nienhuis is an associate professor of English at Western Carolina University. Here he discusses the mechanics of humor, Simon's facility with comedy, and the playwright's struggle to be recognized as more than a gag writer.

Neil Simon has been so successful financially and has become so popular with audiences that there is only one ambition left for him to be taken seriously as an "artist." The reluctance of critics to give him this respect continues to goad Simon and The Odd Couple is a worthy ground for examining this issue because it is his most famous play and still quite typical of his best work.

In the long history of English and American cultures there has always been a dichotomy between entertainment and art, but this cultural division and conflict has been intensified in America in the twentieth century as popular media have become more powerful and pervasive...

(read more)

This section contains 1,714 words
(approx. 5 pages at 400 words per page)
Buy The Odd Couple Study Guide
Copyrights
Drama for Students
The Odd Couple from Drama for Students. ©2005-2006 Thomson Gale, a part of the Thomson Corporation. All rights reserved.