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  • Main Title The common-man theme in the plays of Miller and Wilder


  • Author: Hastings, Robert M.
    Creator Type: Personal


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    Contributor Info: Major Professor
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    Contributor Info: Minor Professor
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  • Name: North Texas State University
    Place of Publication: Denton, Texas
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  • Creation: 1977-05


  • English


  • Content Description: This study emphasizes the private and public struggles of the common man as portrayed in two representative plays by Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman and The Price, and two by Thornton Wilder, Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth. These plays demonstrate man's struggle because of failures in responsibility toward self and family and because of his inability to fully appreciate life. Miller concentrates on the pathetic part of Man's nature, caused by a breakdown in human communication. Wilder, however, focuses on the resilient part which allows man to overcome natural disasters and moral transgressions. The timelessness of man's conflict explains the motivations of symbolic character types in these plays and reveals a marked applicability to all average citizens in American society.


  • Keyword: Arthur Miller
  • Keyword: Thornton Wilder
  • Keyword: American literature
  • Keyword: common man


  • Name: UNT Theses and Dissertations
    Code: UNTETD


  • Name: UNT Libraries
    Code: UNT


  • Rights Access: public
  • Rights License: copyright
  • Rights Statement: Copyright is held by the author, unless otherwise noted. All rights

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  • Accession or Local Control No: 1002773138-Hastings
  • Archival Resource Key: ark:/67531/metadc935829


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  • Degree Grantor: University of North Texas