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Unformatted text preview: 4.9.07 Samuel Beckett Where is the Realism? Is it there? • There has to be realism in order for the absurdity to be magnified even more • Emotional identification with the characters is replaced by a puzzled, critical attention. • For while the happenings on stage are absurd, they yet remain recognizable as somehow related to real life with its absurdity, so that eventually the spectators are brought face to face with the irrational side of their existence. Samuel Beckett- absurdism • He made his breakthrough in dramatic form by presenting, without comment or moral judgment, situations showing life’s irrationality o Unrecognizable plots o Mechanical characters o Situations resembling dreams and nightmares o Incoherent dialogue • Absurdist playwrights begin with the premise that our world is absurd, meaning irrational, incongruous, and senseless....
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This note was uploaded on 04/06/2008 for the course DRAM 116 taught by Professor Strong during the Spring '08 term at UNC.
- Spring '08