Tennessee Williams's Camino Real and Arthur Miller's After the Fall are two plays clearly informed by the “unease” and disillusionment of the postwar era, and each stands as one of the more experimental, expressionistic plays produced by either playwright. Both plays depict a host of fallen characters in a fallen society, and both, interestingly, employ avian symbols and language in their articulation of three key themes: entrapment and escape, death and rebirth, and the attainment of spiritual elevation.

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