This paper is centered on Woody Allen’s works’ Jewishness aspect. The aim is to point at Allen’s Jewish background on his work. Additionally the paper examines Woody Allen’s characters’ link to Jewishness.
One of the widely known artists of the twentieth century is Allen. He is a renowned Director, Script writer, appreciated playwright, short story writer and acelebrated clarinet player. All of his works are characteristic of his endeavors and his style can easily be identified in the context of his earlier childhood belief in Jewish religion and culture. Some of his work in literature and film are characteristic with bringing about humor and can easily be told apart from that of other artists for the reason that his characters highlight on love, belief in God, eccentricism, art significance of life and death. This fact is deeply rooted in him even though he tries to suppress it through atheist conducts. These characteristics of Allen in his work have been able to draw noteworthy recognition and attention from personalities who form his audience. Attributes from his work, plot, influences and modus operandi in concert with his comical side all depict in a way his Jewish faith upbringing. Many of the studies carried out on the film and literary work of Allen have all touched on all aspects of interest except the short stories which are on the other hand briefly mentioned1. The short stories however form an important part of Allen’s work and should not be set aside in research. Allen’s short stories range from philosophical, historiography, surreal, journalistic amongst others2. Even though these short story pieces cover a number of subjects, they all have shared themes which gyrate around life and the events of life, realization of death, religious conviction, love, ethics, and reflections of a man.
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