Vienna to an extent that he punches the piano so hard that it makes a loud noise (Kennedy,
However, the type of violence differs in both plays. In the play an evening with dead
Essex, the culprit Essex has planned his actions and has a reason behind every one of his actions.
He carries out this crime believing that he is searching for freedom. He has no other option. The
case is not the same for the play she talks to Beethoven. The violence in this book is just mild. It
does not cost lives or cause harm. Also, it is carried out by people who really do not intend to do
it. It comes as a result of nature or condition. Such a case is when Suzanne asks Alexander about
money which angers him and the results to damaging the keyboard.
Also for both plays, there is the theme of war. In She talks to Beethoven, we see the
Russians conceding defeat from the French. The French army later enters Salzburg and the court
possessions are shipped off (Kennedy,2012). Also In the play, an evening with dead Essex, we
find Essex is an ex-soldier having served in the marine. He serves the US in the war against
Vietnam. He is also at war with his country which does not appreciate service by soldiers
(Willis,2014). He is also at war with his conscience since he is in a dilemma whether to fight for
the US or against it. Finally, he is at war with his race, black people.
However, in the play an evening with dead Essex, the war is fought on different fronts;
physically, emotionally and mentally. (Turner,2008) The results of the war are very severe and
tormenting. The war results in a number of broken irreparable soldiers who feel neglected and
left out by the society. There is no peace attained. The soldiers are also not willing to carry on
with the war as it looks like it is based on race. Essex has a mixed feeling on who the real enemy
is his country which doesn't appreciate him or his fellow black people the Vietnamese (Turner,
2012).In the other play she talks to Beethoven, the period is after independence and peace have