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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
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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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