Peter Shaffer World Literature Analysis - Essay

Peter Shaffer World Literature Analysis

(Masterpieces of World Literature, Critical Edition)

Peter Shaffer’s plays are distinguished by a unique sense of theatrical design and structure and by a particular fascination with certain themes. One is the psychological conflict between the artistically gifted and the working lot. Although his plays depict the artistically gifted in a sympathetic manner, Shaffer seems to view creativity and imagination as dangerous attributes. His young, artistically gifted characters, such as Clive and Walter in Five Finger Exercise, Bob in Private Ear, Alan Strang in Equus, and Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in Amadeus, exhibit more than a tendency toward self-destruction. Some of the other characters in these plays are simultaneously contemptuous and envious of...

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