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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A Discussion of J. Jun 10, Sandra rated it liked it. He married Ada Hitchcock in ; rachibald briefly in the army; published his first book of poetry, Tower of Ivory, in ; and graduated first in his law school class in Say the murdered gods may wake But we who work have end of work together.

Ten years after the Broadway opening, when the reviewers were done with the play mavleish the literary critics took over, J. Mary is the oldest daughter of J. In his disgust over the choice that God offered, he thinks it dubious triumph that J.


In the second half comes the parade of comforters, giving no comfort at all. The birds too are ignorant. Poetry and Experience 11 ratings. We die of vertigo. Why do you wait to read it in a book then? For many readers, this hopelessness is the central theme of the play.

Many had lost relatives and friends. That would be archjbald. Oh damn — another question.

I had high hopes of liking it, because I am drawn to the biblical story of Job and the subject of human suffering and how it reconciles or doesn’t with belief in a just and merciful god, and also because of Archibald MacLeish’s distinguished career as a poet, writer, and librarian of Congress. Sarah despairs and asks why God would do this.

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In the end, J. MacLeish was said to have been taken aback when some critics pointed out that they found the man J. Amazon Music Stream millions of songs. Did man create me — make me move away from death, instill in me self-preservation? The philosophy was stimulating. What had we done?

In all fairness, though, this was a good play. The wind changes at night and the dreams come. The two masks are stunned by what they hear, incredulous that J. It is not until the last scene that the reader has any reason to see anything more promising in the play.


Beautifully and compellingly written. We are deep in the unanswered problems of man’s relationship to God in an era of cruel injustices. The lights have gone out in the sky.

How could one best approach J. Sarah is bitter and angry, but J.

J.B.: A Play in Verse

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. He had written two minor radio plays in verse, and he had written hundreds of poems, but he did not have much experience as a playwright. Eliphaz is one of the three comforters who come to reassure J. OUr church goup could not handle this a resorted to the arhcibald of the devil.

MacLeish began the work in as a one-act production but within three years had expanded it to a full three-act manuscript.