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Unformatted text preview: 1/31 /07 Theatre of the Absurd Absurdism Some absurdist plays insist that there is no meaning in events other than the meaning we invent for ourselves. They can be funny, yet when we laugh we do so uneasily. Lifes irrationality That our world is absurd That our world is senseless Like a dream Melodrama Originally it was a combination of music and drama in which the spoken word is used against a musical background But in the nineteenth century it was used to describe a play without music but having a serious action usually caused by the villainy of an unsympathetic character Either sympathetic or unsympathetic The Little Foxes by Lillian Hellman, War of the Worlds, Soap Operas, CSI, Star Wars It gets its name from the Greek word for musicmelos Melodramas characters win or lose in conflict. The endings are clear- cut and extreme. There are no complex and ambiguous resolutions, as when Hamlet wins in losing....
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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