Assassins - Thompson 1 Jocelyn Thompson Assassins HSEM 100 Dr Primiano 25 Sept 2007 All forms of art have meaning whether it involves controversy

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Thompson 1 Jocelyn Thompson Assassins HSEM- 100 Dr. Primiano 25 Sept 2007 All forms of art have meaning, whether it involves controversy, depiction, or symbolism, there is reason for its presence. Art with no intent remains unheard of, seen impossible. One cannot create something and have it mean nothing to them. This unwritten philosophy leaves room for no exceptions. Assassins touches on the characteristics of those of who committed, or attempted to commit the crime of murder. Assassins brings to the audience the reasonings of these assassins as they present their distorted process of justifying and rationalizing the good in killing another human being. John Weidman and Stephen Sondheim, alike, created and enhanced Assassins as a means to satirize the actions of these skewed characters. This play suggests that the assassins took such actions because we live in a country that encourages us to not only believe that our dreams can come true but that they should come true, and if anything goes wrong it is someone else’s fault. Assassins shares that the characters of the play have little in common with each other, and nothing in common with the rest of us. The assassins are, “peculiar but together they are peculiarly American, with the same purpose; to reconcile intolerable feelings of important with an inflamed and malignant sense of entitlement” (Sondheim X). Particularly, Sondheim’s intent was to show how assassination does not fix any kind of problem; resulting in the remembrance of any bad person, good. In reading this play, and wondering its assignment, or how the producer came up with such an idea, I found myself in agreement with the authorial intent of the play. It portrays to the extreme how not to change or “fix” a situation one finds problematic. Assassins was written to get its audience questioning what kind of person would do this and why. It forces the audience to make generalizations about the characters by giving them a glimpse into
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This note was uploaded on 04/20/2008 for the course SEM 100 taught by Professor Bumbler during the Spring '08 term at Cabrini University.

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Assassins - Thompson 1 Jocelyn Thompson Assassins HSEM 100 Dr Primiano 25 Sept 2007 All forms of art have meaning whether it involves controversy

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