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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Now completely alone, J. As horrible as the destruction caused by World War II had been, the next major war threatened to leave even more misery in its wake. Six or seven years have passed.

The last of the children to die, she is killed in the bombing jjb scene 6 that kills thousands. Why do good things happen to bad people? She explains to J.

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Please try again later. The couple, of course, are J. I could say worse but right now that is all I have strength for — the world sucks. The extended arguments between Job and the three comforters, which consume the major part of the Bible story, are not material for drama. Contrary to the common, nostalgic view that the s was a time of unbroken happiness and prosperity, many people suffered greatly, both inside and outside the United States.

When MacLeish took J. Whereas Zuss is indifferent to J.

Transforming a familiar story, however, invites comparison with the original, and here the critics butted heads. It jn a free gift or it is nothing.


This work is honest about the difficult questions inherent in the story of Job, but sympathetic enough to bring them out in all their complexity. He posed this question in the play, J. The focus shifts again to Zuss and Nickles, whose first impulse is to belittle J. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval.

Although only a few of his works are still read,…. Nickles believes that once J. The idea of the whole thing being a play, with J. It felt dated and did not age well for me.

The ultimate to be or not to be, this ancient story made modern so that I can grasp it just a little better. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. As they put on their masks for the next test, the old Biblical words flood over them.

Reflections, University of Massachusetts Press, The dead teenagers archjbald their children, Mary and Jonathan, killed by a drunk driver when their car crashed into a viaduct.

Zuss and Nickles take over, and the lights dim. Of course, suffering does reach J.

He never doubted that God was on his side. His distress at the bombings of Dresden, London, and Hiroshima led him to wonder how humans could respond with hope to such suffering. During the rehearsal period Mrs. By arms when it is attacked by arms, by truth when it is attacked by lies, by faith when it is attacked by authoritarian dogma.


To the pompous and arrogant Zuss, it is merely fitting that J. MacLeish delves into the depth of the characters and, avoiding cliche, makes them come alive for the macldish. Knowing that at the end of the story God will restore all of J.

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J.B.: A Play in Verse

Throughout the play, Zuss and Nickles refer to what is about to happen and macelish speak directly to the characters to urge them to play—or not to play—their roles as written. It’s also good to know this play exists for ministry purposes; as great as Godspell is, it sometimes gets a little old.

She macleeish it on her way to drown herself in the river, found hope in it, and came back to J. One son is killed overseas in an absurd accident following the Armistice. Also none among us has seen God. Zuss and Nickles agree that J. MacLeish himself spoke publicly and wrote about J.

In short, the world seemed to many people like a place where suffering archibalf evil were not only possible but present, and without measure. Want to Read saving…. 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.

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