Complete summary of Archibald MacLeish’s J. B.. eNotes plot summaries cover all the significant action of J. B. J.B.: J.B., verse drama by Archibald MacLeish, produced and published in Acclaimed for its emotional intensity and poetic drama, the play is a modern. J. ALD MACLEISH AUTHOR BIOGRAPHYPLOT SUMMARYCHARACTERSTHEMESSTYLEHISTORICAL CONTEXTCRITICAL.

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Archibald MacLeish was born in Glencoe, Illinois in Later, he went to Harvard Law School and practiced law in Boston for a few years until he gave it up and moved to Paris with his wife and children to devote all his time to writing poetry. Would you like to tell us about a lower price? If you are a seller for this product, would you like to suggest updates through seller support? Based on the story of Job, this drama in verse tells the story of a twentieth-century American j.b.archubald and millionaire whom God commands be stripped of his family jb.archibald wealth, but who refuses to turn his back on God.

More important, the play sparked a national conversation about the nature of God, the meaning of hope, and the role of the artist in society. Read more Read less. Discover Prime Book Box for Kids. Add both to Cart Add both to List. These items are shipped from and sold by different sellers.

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MacLeish’s play grapples with the Book of Job, but not simply because of any personal or childish reasons. As the Adversary figure puts it, never have more suffered more for less — for having the wrong eyelids or the wrong shape of nose, or going to bed in the wrong city. After World War 2, few American intellectuals grappled with the meaning of the bomb and holocaust as a global indictment of the underlying system of justification to the degree that MacLeish did, or at least so publicly.

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. When, at the end, J. Perhaps today, when we are less satisfied with a “Dover Beach” sort of truth, we can read this play and see that MacLeish, who was, after all, a political man as well as poet, does not rest in individualism or selfism or even love.

The dreadful agony is only worse.

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This modern masterpiece has all the drama and poignancy of its Old Testament counterpart and it has somewhat a better ending and answers to the question about why bad things happen to the good.

JB’s blinding trust in a God who rewards the good and punished the sinful remains despite all that happens to him or his family. The devil has more compassion for him than God and his wife even more. She first leaves him for his maniacal faith only to return with her answer to the answerable–love. The play raises the most troublesome question of faith and like the book Job has no answers except 1 the ways of God are mysterious an answer unworthy of the question and those whose circumstances most need to know and 2 your answer is the afterlife’s rewarding heaven or fire-consuming hell.

There is no answer as God is silent and exists in the regions of one’s faith and choice that stems from the free choice God gave us as a consequence of sin. Could He just have decided at the Garden to kick us out with a “good riddance?


Clean texts and format. Page quality is good. As for the story itself- I read this for a Humanity class a few years ago and decided to get a copy of my own. Obviously because i like the story, so 5 stars.

I read this 40 years ago and wanted to quote it in a talk I gave. The play and it’s message still applies today. I have loved every production I have seen of this piece.

You can’t go wrong with this play for High Schoolers! I bought this as required reading for a religion class and I found it to be absolutely amazing.

It was a great story, even without the in depth break down we did in class. It’s a good read and not necessarily religiously based.

Excellent companion piece if purchased with his collection of poetry. Arrived on time and in great condition. Love the voice and author. Archibald MacLeish is a wonderful addition to any collection and as a Poet Laureate should be noted as such. See all 38 reviews. Customers who viewed this item also viewed. A Play in Verse. There’s a problem loading this menu right now.

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