The Skin of Our Teeth by Thornton Wilder

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What is Wilder getting at when he says that the future is easy to predict--it's the past that's difficult to interpret? I think he is saying that it is easy to say what can possibly come in the...

What is Wilder getting at when he says that the future is easy to predict--it's the past that's difficult to interpret?

I think he is saying that it is easy to say what can possibly come in the future, because it has not happened yet, but it is hard to understand why things happened in the past, because humans made choices to start wars and such. Meaning there are too many variables to make saying why something happened in the past. Am I on the right track.

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Your answer is a good start at making a rational explanation of this line, yes. However, remember that the play is an absurdist comedy, so part of the meaning of the line is that there is no meaning: it is...

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