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Buried Child

Pastiche—Shepherd imitates and refers to a number of previous dramatic works. He take fragments of past myths and stories, plays, and elements of pop culture to create a suitably postmodern ironic...

Latest answer posted January 29, 2018 1:00 pm UTC

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The most prominent themes in the play are disillusionment with the American Dream, the devastating impact of the past, and the link between hypocrisy and self-deception. Sam Shepard begins his play...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2016 3:51 pm UTC

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In Sam Shepard's play Buried Child we witness the slow decomposition of the once-solid American Dream. We see this through the weaknesses of the characters, the progressive destitution of the...

Latest answer posted October 31, 2011 4:13 am UTC

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One of the directions that you might consider taking with Shepard's view of the American Dream is his suggestion that there is a need to confront reality within it. Shepard is not maligning the...

Latest answer posted April 2, 2011 7:56 am UTC

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Shepard's play, a striking metaphor about fertility, takes place in a very rural environment (probably the source of your classmates' impression), and is not imbedded in a social present that...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2011 3:12 am UTC

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Buried Child is the Pulitzer Prize winning success of counter-culture playwright Sam Shephard. Centered on a Midwestern family in the United States, it is a macabre examination of the dark secret...

Latest answer posted May 12, 2010 12:54 am UTC

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Sam Shepherd's work Buried Child is a powerful three-act play about a broken American family. Dodge and Halie, the parents, are elderly. Dodge is in his 70s and Halie in her 60s. They have two...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2015 4:56 pm UTC

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Shelly is Vince’s girlfriend. She and Vince are travelling from New Jersey and heading to Mexico to visit Vince’s father, Tilden. They make a stop-over at Dodge’s home and Shelly is disturbed by...

Latest answer posted August 20, 2015 3:15 pm UTC

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Sam Shepard's Buried Child won the Pulitzer Prize in 1979 and set the tone for future meditations on the decay of rural America. The play explores themes of identity in several ways, from double...

Latest answer posted January 8, 2020 3:31 pm UTC

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The American mythology of the American Dream clearly dominates the theme in the plays Death of a Salesman and Buried Child. In Death of a Salesman, the concept of the American Dream is explained...

Latest answer posted April 29, 2014 9:36 pm UTC

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