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May 13 – Theater of the Absurd. Who’s on first? Characteristics of Theater of the Absurd Close Reading and Questions: T of the A Check Out Books R&G: An Intro HW: Read pages 11-21. Who’s on first?. How many of you are familiar with this classic bit by Abbot and Costello?

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May 13 theater of the absurd

May 13 – Theater of the Absurd

  • Who’s on first?

  • Characteristics of Theater of the Absurd

  • Close Reading and Questions: T of the A

    • Check Out Books

  • R&G: An Intro

    HW:

  • Read pages 11-21


Who s on first

Who’s on first?

  • How many of you are familiar with this classic bit by Abbot and Costello?

  • What do you notice about the use of language?


Characteristics theater of the absurd

Characteristics: Theater of the Absurd

  • Inadequacy of language/communication

  • Investigation of the relativity of truth

  • Humanity’s vain struggle against fate

  • Use of small talk, understatement and non-sequiturs

  • Instability of characters/lack of definite characterization

  • Lack of definite plot structure

  • The futility/absurdity of attempting to control one’s fate


Questions t of the a

Questions: T of the A

  • What were absurdist playwrights trying to convey through their work?

  • How did World War II bring this type of theater “to life”?

  • What are general goals of this type of theater?

  • Why is language one of the most important aspects of Absurdist Theater?

  • What is “Theater of the Absurd”? (Come up with a working definition with your group)


Rosencrantz and guildenstern are dead 1967

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead (1967)

  • Tom Stoppard (1937-)

  • Brings Hamlet’s R&G to the spotlight

  • Themes: Mortality, Absurdism, Inadequacy of Language

  • Heavily influenced by Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot

    • Absurdist/ meta-theatrical

  • Written as an exploration of death


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