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            Arthur Miller's Resurrection Blues vibrates with a combination of Thornton Wilder's ridiculous humor demonstrated in The Skin of Our Teeth and the open acceptance of sexuality that permeates throughout Audrey Niffenegger's The Time Traveler's Wife. Felix's sexual desire and inability to perform are topics discussed throughout the play. Even society today would not accept such open discussion of sexual endeavors or issues the way Miller's characters do; this lends to the absurdity and humor. Felix's reaction to the opportunities that are available with the large sum of money offered by the production company illustrates the sexuality and outrageous humor, "...with that kind of money I could put the police into decent shoes and issue every one of them a poncho. And real sewers...we could maybe have our own airline and send all our prostitutes to the dentist..." (Miller 22). Miller's tone throughout the novel is surprisingly sarcastic, as if he is mocking the unfailing belief many have in their own religions. His open mockery of the idea of God is counteracted by some of the statements made by his characters such as, "Except that Jesus Christ was not an imposter and this one is" (Miller 22). The resolution of this impractical story is one that is also reminiscent of Invisible Man. The could-be hero chooses to simply walk away from what could be death by crucifixion or a life of difficulty. Again, the protagonist seems to give up in the end of the novel, believing the work he has already done is enough.  

 

 

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