They really make you think about just what are they there for. Do the politicians really want peace and what would that mean in a treaty?
At this time, the nuclear arsenals of both the United States and the Soviet Union were bursting with weaponry of massive and incalculable destructive capacity, a circumstance that caused widespread and international anxiety.
It is a two-character play composed in the form of a dialogue between United States and Soviet negotiators in a serene wooded area in Switzerland. A country known historically for its order, social peace, and neutrality in international conflicts, Switzerland, consequently, is an ideal venue for negotiations between hostile powers.
Despite its political themes and geopolitical context, however, A Walk in the Woods is less concerned with particular political issues than with the climate of alienation generated by the cold war. The encounter between the negotiators becomes a study of how two personalities deal with the frustration and hopelessness that the arms race generated in people of conscience.
The two must go through the motions of attempting to negotiate an agreement that, ultimately, neither of their governments will authorize. Although A Walk in the Woods is entirely fictional, Blessing derived the idea for the situation of his play from an actual event.
Formal arms control negotiations took place in Geneva, Switzerland, inand U. In this peaceful environment, they drafted a proposal for arms reduction that was later rejected by both the U. He received a B. Upon his return, Blessing enrolled in the University of Iowa and earned a master of fine arts degree in English inand another in speech and theater in From toBlessing taught playwriting at the University of Iowa.
From tohe taught playwriting at the Playwright's Center in Minneapolis. Although Blessing has sometimes seen Broadway productions, his plays have enjoyed the kind of popularity that makes them regularly produced in regional and amateur theaters.
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Like A Walk in the Woods, most of Blessing's works draw upon social and political issues but focus on human struggles, especially efforts to forge meaningful interpersonal relations under socially and politically hostile circumstances.
Although the ostensible purpose of the meeting between the diplomats is to negotiate a treaty, the men discuss a wide variety of topics.
Their conversation reveals their personalities and reflects the growth of their relationship. They have been sent by their respective governments to try to negotiate a nuclear weapons nonproliferation treaty, which would limit the production of weapons of mass destruction. Botvinnik tells Honeyman how he jokingly told an American television reporter that the Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev, when he was in power, would begin meetings of the Politburo political bureau by saying that Soviet survival depended upon the "total annihilation of America.
When the reporter's chief discovered where the information originated from, he canceled the story, knowing that Botvinnik was inclined to joke. Botvinnik's story, in addition to demonstrating his personality, sets the tone and rhythm for the rest of the play.
Honeyman is relatively new to his position, replacing the previous U. Botvinnik is an experienced diplomat who has worked with many U. The walk in the woods is his idea, and Honeyman understands their walk to be an extension of their concurrent formal negotiation sessions in an atmosphere more favorable to reaching an agreement than the traditional meeting setting.
It is not clear, however, that this is Botvinnik's intention. He seems prone to make small talk and avoid serious negotiation.Stop. For every atom belonging to me as good a literary analysis of a walk in the woods by lee blessing belongs to you I loafe and invite my soul.
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