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Unformatted text preview: English 150-02 Absurd, Theater of Martin Esslin (mid-1900s) Phrase coined to describe the disorienting quality of plays by playwrights such as Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter. Focused on the hopelessness and irrationality of human nature, stray away from conventions, and the stage images represent the playwrights perspective on reality. Alienation Effect Bertolt Brecht (1920s 30s) Stage design, characterization, actor portrayal that leads to the disassociation of audience from actions on stage. Most characters were too remarkable and alien to relate to. This alienation effect represented an overall aura of startling truths, which audiences learned from, even while being entertained. Anagnorisis Sudden moment of realization in a play. In Sophocles Oedipus Rex Oedipus sudden moment, anagnorisis, comes later in the play and is when Oedipus is talking to the Shepard and he realizes that he was indeed to baby that was supposed to be taken away to be killed, and thus he...
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This note was uploaded on 10/28/2008 for the course ENG 150 taught by Professor Puterbaugh during the Spring '06 term at Loyola Marymount.
- Spring '06