Crimes of the Heart

Examines suicide and family dysfunction in “Crimes of the Heart”, a play by Beth Henley.

In this essay, Beth Henley’s play Crimes of the Heart is analysed. This paper argues that suicide is the key symbol of the family dysfunction in Crimes of the Heart, as it links the generations and allows audiences to focus on the pain and the shared strength and family ties of the three Magrath sisters. In this paper, quotes from the play are compared with psychological literature on the impact of suicide and family dysfunction.