The Vicious Circle Known as Life
"Maybe you read too many books- life is complicated, but underneath the principle has never changed since the Romans- f--- them before they can f--- you."
Miller, page 8
Life is indeed a cycle. Miller's "Resurrection Blues" touches upon the basic human moral struggles. In the conversation mentioned above, Felix explains to Henri that life is cut-throat. This quote applies throughout the rest of the play. It is especially evident towards the conclusion that all has come full circle.
The characters undergo a supposed change as the play progresses, but when Charley's return is questionable, everyones' character turns back on their words and also turns on their own personas. People are willing to change when they see a chance to reap the fruits of another's labor, but as soon as any risk is onvolved on their part, they get cold feet. Such is the case with Felix.
He makes it a point to run the country very strictly and do anything that he can to make it better, even if it involves crooked ways. Emily convinces him, using her charm and sensous appeals, to change and rethink his ways. However, when one looks closely, it is evident that Felix still wants his life to remain the same: he wants everythin else to change around him. As soon as he is the one who could be "screwed", Felix completely turns back on all that he was willing to "change". Life involves sacrifice, but Felix is not willing to sacrifice anything of his own.
Charley's refusal to come down in order to let them crucify him is also a bit of a pun. The goverment functions much like the Romans did with regards to Jesus Christ, but this time, it is the Christ-figure that beats the government to the punch. Thus, life is a vicious circle of events.