Paul Zindel Drama Analysis - Essay

Paul Zindel Drama Analysis

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Paul Zindel’s plays closely follow his own life experience; certain features of his early years recur in his drama. His mother was bitter, transient, reclusive, and presumably uncertain of her place in life. Zindel’s major plays commonly depict women struggling for identity and fulfillment, often damaged, if not destroyed, by betrayals or deaths of loved ones. These women in turn fail to provide the adequate care so desperately needed by the young people for whom they are left responsible. Another theme of Zindel’s plays is the notion that modern society has replaced traditional religion with a secular faith of scientism accompanied by unbridled self-indulgence.

Zindel’s marvelous storytelling ability captivated...

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