One Flea Spare: The Hope of Life in Spite of Death

Date of Award

Spring 5-12-2001

Degree Type


Degree Name

Honors Thesis



First Advisor

John Green


Much of Naomi Wallace's work centers around social and political issues such as the deplorable conditions ofthe meat packing industry, pervasive class distinctions and inequalities, gender issues and their effect on sexuality, death and human coping mechanisms faT dealing with it, and the fictive romanticism ofwar. Naomi's political drive, her poetic mastery oflanguage, and her insightful commentary into a society that has been ravaged by war and disease, drew me to her play, One Flea Spare. Inspired by the 1992 L.A riots, she wanted to investigate the "current climate of growing class division" by comparing it to that of England in the 17th Century.

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