Comparing Arthur Miller, Tennessee Williams and Edward Albee
Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams, who emerged as playwrights in the post-war world, after the 1945, brought American
Drama to prominence and dominated the American theatre for nearly a decade and a half. Both began their careers as political
playwrights by responding to the economic and social realities of the age. After the 1950 another major figure appeared and provoked
radical experimentation by combining aesthetic innovation with political revolt. His name was Edward Albee. All these figures played an
enormous role in the process of transformation and innovation in the American theatre. The three of them with their talents, their
aesthetic experimentation and political beliefs made the American theatre a ‘fascinating phenomenon.’ Although they are a product of
the same nation, including political and cultural background, they are still very different in the way they present to the public the social
drama, the transformation of the American dream, the character they choose to present their anxieties and the background they
emphasize; thus their means of connecting fact and fiction, language and image, reality and drama are different. Therefore, this paper
aims to present an overview of the differences and similarities of their styles, language, the nature of their characters, their theatrical
performance, the innovation that each of them brought into the American theatre.
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