Thornton Wilder Drama Analysis - Essay

Thornton Wilder Drama Analysis

(Critical Edition of Dramatic Literature)

Thornton Wilder’s contributions in style and technique to American drama are akin to the innovations that Alfred Jarry in France, Luigi Pirandello in Italy, and Bertolt Brecht in Germany made to world drama in the twentieth century. Basically, Wilder was an antirealistic playwright, reacting against the tenets and presuppositions underlying the type of drama that held sway during the nineteenth century and continues to be a potent force even today. During a play that, as part of its attempt to create the absolute illusion of reality, employs a box set so that the audience sees the action through an imaginary fourth wall , there is a complete separation between actors and audience, stage space and auditorium. The audience, even...

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