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Interrogation of the American Dream in Stephen Sondheim's Assassins

Title: The Interrogation of the American Dream in Stephen Sondheim's Assassins.
Name(s): Miskoff, Ashley, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2011
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Assassins is a truly American musical. Sondheim shares the stories of some of the most infamous assassins in American History in an untraditional way. Through ballads, duets, monologues, and scenes, Sondheim gives a voice to some unconventional protagonists. Assassins also holds a mirror up to American society as Sondheim tries to uncover a deeper reasoning behind why these assassins committed these American tragedies. My paper will focus on three major themes found in Assassins. First, the indictment of the American Dream is an overarching theme in Assassins. Sondheim reveals some of the faults in this idea and shows the consequences American Dream has on the assassins. Second, the feelings of disaffection and loneliness among the assassins is a key theme in understanding a common thread among the assassins and what that may contribute to assassination. Third, the importance of media image and attention that the assassins and the American people in the play share is an important theme to examine. It shows how the growing reliance on media and the constant need for attention that American culture thrives on negatively affects both the assassins and the American people. Assassins is a thought provoking musical that will stand the test of time. 21 years after Assassins opened off Broadway it still has contemporary relevance to today's society. Stephen Sondheim's Assassins discusses important American issues and creates a necessary dialogue for contemporary American audiences.
Identifier: FSU_migr_uhm-0029 (IID)
Keywords: Stephen Sondheim, Assassins, American dream
Submitted Note: A Thesis submitted to the Department of Theater in partial fulfillment of the requirements for the degree of Honors in the Major.
Degree Awarded: Spring Semester, 2011.
Date of Defense: April 13, 2011.
Subject(s): Theater
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Honors Theses.

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