After the Fall
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"After the Fall" Quotes

By Arthur Miller

plays | 145 pages | Published in NaN

As Howard Taubman outlines the play: "At the outset Quentin emerges, moves forward and seats himself on the edge of the stage and begins to talk, like a man confiding in a friend. In the background are key figures in his life, and they move in and out of his narrative. The narration shades into scenes, little and big. They are revelations and illuminations. They remind Quentin of an awkward young girl whom he made proud of herself. They bring the tortured image of his mother's death and another of his mother's fury with his father, who lost all in trying to save a floundering business. They crisscross through his relations with a number of women the first wife who wanted to be a separate person, the second who drove him into a separateness and a possible third who knew, as a German raised in a furnace of concentration camps, that 'survival can be hard to bear.' These intertwining images bring back the memories of inquisition when men were asked to name names of those who had joined with them in a communism that they mistook for a better future AFTER THE FALL is a pain-wracked drama; it is also Mr. Miller's maturest For to sit in Mr. Miller's theater is to be in an adult world concerned with a search that cuts to the bone."

ISBN_13:9780553141016

Quotes

The apple cannot be stuck back on the Tree of Knowledge; once we begin to see, we are doomed and challenged to seek the strength to see more, not less.

Arthur Miller

I wanted to be effective. I wanted to use my talent to serve humanity, but I didn't know how.

Arthur Miller

I know I must appear insane... because I am insane. But I am not so insane that I don't appreciate the difference between a play and a courtroom.

Arthur Miller

Nothing is more important than that you see and love the beauty that is around you.

Arthur Miller

It is not easy to stand up against your constituents, your friends, your colleagues, your community, and sometimes even against your family.

Arthur Miller

There is no justice in the world, unless we make it.

Arthur Miller

The closer a man approaches tragedy the more intense is his concentration of emotion upon the fixed point of his commitment, which is to say the closer he approaches what in life we call fanaticism.

Arthur Miller

Nobody dast blame this man. You don't understand: Willy was a salesman. And for a salesman, there's no rock bottom to the life.

Arthur Miller

You can't eat the orange and throw the peel away - a man is not a piece of fruit.

Arthur Miller

What is the secret to success? Right decisions. How do you make right decisions? Experience. How do you get experience? Wrong decisions.

Arthur Miller