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Archibald Macleish member of a group of writers dubbed the Lost Generation writers who relocated to Paris after World War 1 Full of youthful idealism these individuals sought the meaning of life and created some of the finest American literature to date In general Macleish was disappointed with the human race Macleish looked down on mans inhumanity to man It is important to understand the Macleish was not a playwright he was a poet He believed that the worlds problems must be made known and his vehicle for this was poetry JB is written entirely in free verse Macleish combines drama across the ages He blends classical and modern theater to conclude that Our labor like Jobs labor is to learn through suffering to loveto love even that which lets us suffer We live in a world in which the innocent perish in vast meaningless massacres and brutal dishonest men foul all the lovely things In JB Nickels and Zuss act as the chorus in classical literature They give background information about the other characters and inform the audience When not acting as a chorus they can be the Satanmask or the Godmask These characters act as God and the Father of lies 14 When in mask form the two can indirectly characterize Job is described as a A perfect and upright man one that fearest God and escheweth evil 24 During Jobs suffering Zuss and Nickels observe Zuss He cant act you know it Nickels He doesnt have to act he suffers itt and old role played like a mouth-organ Nickels observes that the innocent have always suffered without cause This also demonstrates the JB as every man theory By placing Zuss and Nickels in the work Macleish executed the classical task of inserting a chorus into the frame story In this play like classical drama the gruesome action is reported and seen in the audiences mind not on stage Big kid maybe
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