The Creation of the World and Other Business

The Creation of the World and Other Business

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by Arthur Miller
     
 

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Dividing his play into "three questions on the human dilemma," the author begins with a charming and gently humorous retelling of Adam and Eve (and God) in the Garden of Eden. After their expulsion from paradise, Eve gives birth to Cain, watched over by a scheming Lucifer—who seeks to share the power of a God now angered by the errant ways of his creations. In the

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Dividing his play into "three questions on the human dilemma," the author begins with a charming and gently humorous retelling of Adam and Eve (and God) in the Garden of Eden. After their expulsion from paradise, Eve gives birth to Cain, watched over by a scheming Lucifer—who seeks to share the power of a God now angered by the errant ways of his creations. In the concluding portion of the play, with mounting dramatic intensity, Cain kills his brother, Abel, and is sent out as a wanderer, as the final dilemma is explored: "When every man wants justice, why does he go on creating injustice?" Throughout the action, which alternates scenes of sprightly humor with absorbing confrontations between God and Lucifer and God and his fallible creations, the striking pertinence of the play becomes ever more clear. It is a parable for our time, and all time, rich with philosophic insights and alive with vivid theatricality.

Editorial Reviews

Variety
...the sparkle, intellectual bite and stimulating impact that a new dissertation on an ageless subject should have.
Cue Magazine
...Miller is reaching for new insights into the human dilemma...
NY Post
...imagination and an unexpected vein of humor...

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780822202493
Publisher:
Dramatists Play Service, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/1973
Pages:
74
Sales rank:
836,609
Product dimensions:
52.50(w) x 77.50(h) x 2.50(d)

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The Creation of the World and Other Business 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I find this scrpt to be a complete perversion of the bible. It is crude yet perfect. It betrays much about why life suchs and shows perfectly Lucifer's rebellion against god. I truly love this play!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Miller goes deep with this one. Like his others there is an anti-capitalist theme, where Cain and Able are portrayed as competing businesses. However, there is more to the Creation. While often portrayed as evil, Lucifer, is the good sense character in this book and God is an ignorant self indulgent character. The pace of the novel is quick and, unless you think about it while you read it, it is a quick read. The plot is intriguing and incredibly provoking. At times, very humorous. The dialogue is witty and creative. A really good play.