Date of Award

1983

Document Type

Thesis

Department

English

First Advisor

Mrs. Betty J. McCommas

Abstract

Since the birth of the written word, and earlier with the inclusion of the history of oral tradition, literature has been greatly preoccupied with the theme of Good & Evil and the consequence of man's rejection of good, his guilt. The playwrights of ancient Greece, Elizabethan England, and Renaissance Europe have been just a few links in the long chain which has kept alive this thematic tradition. Do the modern playwrights continue this tradition, and if so, are the themes presented in a recognizable form? This study seeks to answer these questions in order to discover what has become of modern man's conception of good and evil.

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