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Theatre of the Absurd

Theatre of the Absurd

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Published by: gigiwatson on Mar 02, 2010
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Theatre of theAbsurd
Explanation of the Absurd
Characteristics of the movement include illogical situations, unconventionaldialogue, and minimal plots in an attempt to reflect the absurdity of humanexistence.
‘Theatre of the Absurd’ was not the name of the movement to whichplaywrights such as Beckett and Pinter claimed to be part of, but instead aname given to their work by others. To be part of the ‘anti-theatre’movement was found more acceptable, as they attacked traditionalartforms as no longer being valid in this pointless existence.
The ‘absurd’ in this sense refers not to the ridiculous, but to being ‘out of harmony’.
While the theatre was shocking to audiences, viewing it as ‘absurd’, Camusargues that it is the world that is absurd.
Eugene Ionesco claimed that the ‘Absurd is that which is devoid of purpose…’
The First World War was supposedto be ‘the war to end all wars’, so theoutbreak of World War Two in 1939,along with the atrocities it brought,destroyed all the basic assumptionspeople had about life.
Faced with the horrors of the trenchwarfare and the holocaust, peoplebegan to loose their faith in god.
The attitude of the ‘Theatre of theAbsurd’ is perhaps best summarisedby Beckett’s character, Clov, whoquestions ‘…You and I

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