Killer's Head Harvard Case Analysis

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SYNOPSIS At the outset, Sam Shepard’s rambling dramatic monologue Killer’s Head is a one-act drama of a man’s spoken thoughts as he forbearingly awaits his execution by electrocution. The man undergoing such capital punishment is a man by the name of Mazon from the southwestern region of the United States, which we know due to his thick, “clipped, southwestern, rodeo accent” (Shepard). As Mazon sat there barefoot, blindfolded, and clothed in nothing but a t-shirt and a pair of jeans with his “hands, arms, legs, feet, chest, neck bound with bands of steel to the silver chair” (Shepard), he did not remorsefully contemplate over his life or the transgression that is being recompensed with his life in return. Instead Mazon’s mind drifted asunder to science of mind filled with fantasies and imaginings of a pick-up truck…show more content…
While suspense is building expeditiously in the audience as they sympathize for Mazon, he remains static without modifying his interior self in spite of the unanimous decision that he will now be deprived of his life. Mazon constraining that power of self in Shepardian’s philosophy, begins to ramble on more and more of the fantasies and sensations he get from pick-up trucks with v-8 engines and racing horses at the derby, which is keeping him in a psychological state of compos mentis. As he rambles, the lights slowly began to fade into the color of a raven “wandering from the Nightly shore,” which is symbolic of death and lamentation (Poe). In a split second, Mazon’s life was nevermore as electricity sizzled simmeringly throughout his corpus delecti. The lights will dim so that the prosecutors can come and unstrap Mazon and drag him through the curtains. The curtain will close soon after, applauds will collectively fill the capacity of the

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