Model_Group_Newspaper_Assignment - Theater of the Absurd

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Samuel Beckett’s play What Where confounds readers as a man, Bom, repeatedly assigns a man to torture another man in order to get a confession. What is the point? Why does Bom need to “start again” and repeat his questioning and then his orders? It is this ab-surdity that encouraged one drama critic, Martin Esslin to categorize plays of this nature as Theatre of the Absurd. The Hungarian born Esslin is regarded as the man who coined the term “Theatre of the Absurd”, when he wrote a book on that very subject in 1961. Along with Beckett, Arthur Adamov and Eugène Ionesco were also acknowledged by Esslin as significant absurdist writers. While all three plays differed in styles, they all fundamentally reflected on the irrationality of human actions. However, each author focused on a different realm of absurdity. While Beckett focused on the realization of life’s futility that comes with age, Adamov focused more on the social Theatre of the Absurd: “The Sense of the  Senselessness”  Man Sticks Banana in His Pocket. See p2 Morning Star June 24, 1966 Giant Foot Crashes Through Door. See p8 What is meant by “Absurd?” By Scott Elliott and Kerwin Tsang As Esslin puts it, “The Theatre of the Absurd shows the world as an Incomprehensible place” (5). Emerging from World War II, these plays attempt to por- tray a very true perception of human life, illustrating the lack of communication between people and the ridiculous actions that people make. Put simply, plays from the Theatre of the Absurd place a mirror up against humanity, reflecting the bare truths of human actions which can easily be identified as absurd. Esslin suggests that the origins of – or the inspiration for – these plays may in fact come from the films of Chaplin, Buster Keaton, the Keystone Cops, Laurel and Hardy, and the Marx Brothers (12). Such films portrayed a similar lack of comprehensible communication as well as absurd actions though they may well have been exaggerated in these films. Indeed, the plays of the Theatre of Scene from Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot “Every word is like an unnecessary  stain on silence and nothingness.” -  Samuel Beckett  b.1906
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Samuel Beckett’s “Krapp’s Last Tape” depicts an old man’s encounter with his younger self by means of listening to a tape he made thirty years ago. I really found it strange how the old man, Krapp, peeled a banana, put it in his mouth, remained “motionless” for a time before getting an “idea,” and placing the banana in his waistcoat pocket (Beckett 56). Such an action should be expected in a play by one of the major authors involved in Martin Esslin’s newly appointed category, the “Theatre of the Absurd.” On reflection, Krapp’s odd behavior can be inter- preted to represent the absent-mindedness that all people may incur from time to time when their minds set on an idea that takes precedence over trivial actions such as biting off the end of a ban-
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