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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United States of America. Throughout the story of J. This is a stark and bitter account of an author who feels alienated from a God who could allow the human horror we often witness in man’s inhumanity to man.

I read it in 9th grade and I don’t have any ambition to revisit something I loathed. He feels that he is essentially lucky and that all will turn out well in the end. That would be awesome. This affirmation of life is followed by the return of Sarah and by a brief lyrical expression of human love. It adheres very tightly to the biblical “Book of Job,” while simultaneously allowing significant latitude for performers, directors, and other artists. In the end, J.

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. I’m really glad I read this, and I hope I get to see it performed someday.


The two masks are stunned by what they hear, incredulous that J. Even the staging–a circus ring–is unique. It is what really made this play epic.

The lights have gone out in the sky. No one else but you will push the bell.

J.B.: A Play in Verse

How can a bone or a broken body surmise it? 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 kb us as a consequence of sin. Our editors will review what you’ve submitted, and if it meets our criteria, we’ll add it to the article.

With the development arcgibald new technologies, World War II saw more civilian casualties than any previous war. The text itself raises innumerable problems.

It is colder now, There are many stars, We are drifting North by the Great Bear, The leaves are falling, The water is stone jg the scooped rocks, To southward Red sun grey air: It was not the beginning of a trend. He received three Pulitzer Prizes for his work. It’s also good to know this play exists for ministry purposes; as great as Godspell is, it sometimes gets a little old.

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Some of the lines are direct quotations from the King James Version macleksh the Bible. The effect of the four stresses is subtle at best; it is possible to read the dialogue without paying attention to the sound, and many readers of the text will not hear the rhythm.


Inhe received the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Not long after, Sarah returns to him out of love and together they resolve to begin a new world. Because, Zuss answers, Archibaldd needs to see God clearly. World War II had just ended, and many people had lost loved ones and property.

Oct 18, John rated it really liked it Recommended to John by: Everyone was surprised that the new version of the play turned out so well; it was assumed that a play based on the Bible and written in verse would draw only a small intellectual audience.

Sign In You’ll have to sign in before you share your experience. For all the history of grief An empty doorway and a maple leaf. As Zuss says at the beginning of J. Keep Exploring Britannica William Shakespeare.

Death of a Salesman Int’l. Nickles cannot stop thinking about:. The central question of the play comes down to this: She has been rescued from a collapsed building after a bombing destroyed a whole city block.

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Satan challenges God to a bet: She turns her back on J. JB is described as a poetic drama. Nov 17, Rachel rated it really liked it Shelves: