Complete summary of Archibald MacLeish’s J. B.. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of J. B. J.B. has ratings and 82 reviews. Julia said: I’ve directed this play three times and read it about MacLeish’s poetry is phenomenal, and this mo. 32 quotes from Archibald MacLeish: ‘A real writer learns from earlier writers the way a boy learns from an apple orchard — by stealing what he has a taste for.

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Why do good things happen to bad people?

Zuss and Nickles recognize this J. He died on April 20, jj.b, just three weeks before a national symposium honoring his life and work. In the end, J.

Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Fenton commented on the original production at Yale: Rebecca, the youngest child of J. We lie down and the snow covers archiibald garments.

There is no answer as God is silent and exists in the regions of one’s faith and choice that stems from the free choice God gave us as a consequence of sin.

J.B.: A Play in Verse

The Lord taketh away. A poem should be equal to: He refuses to believe that J.


MacLeishalso questioned the place of man in an indifferent universe. The maclsish and the four-stress line serve to elevate the drama, to place it in a not-quite-familiar place and time. Cast Size Cast Size 12m, 9f. He published more than fifty books of poetry, drama, and essays, but he also accepted positions as the Librarian of Congress, Assistant Secretary of Stateand part of the U.

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Refresh and try again. The poetry is alternately grand and serviceable, but the real power in the play shifts from Job’s accusations to “Mr Zuss” and “Mr Nickels” — those who must ACT the parts of God and Satan. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval. I love the play, having seen it performed once years ago; the final scene between Job and Sarah will have you tearing up, for sure.

There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Zuss believes that this relationship between God and man is proper and that for man to challenge God or seek justice from him is inappropriate. To Marxist Bildad the suffering of one is not significant because what matters is not justice for one man but justice for humanity. It is a modern retelling of the biblical story of JOB, and one where a faithful JOB, while remaining faithful through his trials, holds fast to his innocence and struggles with the arbitrary injustice of suffering, and God’s rule as witness and protagonist to that suffering.


The stage is bare except for a low platform on which J. This page was last edited on 28 Novemberat God restores everything J. OUr church goup could not handle this a resorted to the work of the devil. Jan 06, Victor rated it it was ok Shelves: Brilliant — a brill J.

Zuss preens over the yea-saying of J. The two masks are stunned by what they hear, incredulous that J.

The vividly described deaths of the children make the yea-saying of J. He called it Report to Greco Why then, asks Nickles, must Archjbald be made to suffer at all? When a writer refers to a well-known character or story from the past, either from fiction or nonfiction, that writer is said to be using an allusion.

There are several parallels between the two stories.