The John André story in American drama
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There are faults in both Andre by William Dunlap and by Clyde Fitch, but the good points of these plays far outweigh their faults. Taken in the light of the eras they were written in, they are very fine dramatic pieces from the technical viewpoint. Their failure has led the author to believe that there are inherent weaknesses in the Andre theme itself that make failure inevitable. Analysis of all the plays has revealed six main defects of the Andre theme. The story unfortunately has two "heroes." Both of these heroes are actually base. Andre's death, which was deserved when we remember his deed and which was undeserved when we remember his character, is very hard to accept. The story does not show poetic justice because Andre dies and Arnold lives. The story lacks women characters, and it contains very little real action and interplay of characters.
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