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Luigi Pirandello

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Father, Act 1 very man acts the part assigned to him—by himself or others. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica,, Virginia Quarterly Review Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Metatheater The play draws attention to its own artificial nature. Theater of the Absurd Characters search for meaning in a pointless universe. Commedia dell’arte This Italian comedy genre uses familiar character masks. Context Disdainful, independent young adult full of contempt for the family Son Modest, dejected widow; perpetually reliving her family’s tragic past Mother Brash, emotional, flirtatious seamstress; longs for revenge on the Father Stepdaughter Calm, intelligent family spokesperson; full of regret for past deeds Father Main Characters Italian playwright Pirandello was fascinated by psychology, the subconscious mind, and multiple personalities. He claimed a muse named Fantasy sent him six characters, who bothered him constantly until he wrote them into a play. His work tackles themes of isolation, illusion, madness, LUIGI PIRANDELLO1867–1936 Author People perform roles and inhabit characters on and off the stage. Acting, Performance & Disguise Artistic creations outlast their creators and take on lives of their own. Life vs. Art The characters make the actors doubt how “real” their own experiences are. Illusion vs. Reality Six odd strangers dressed in black suddenly interrupt a play’s rehearsal and reveal themselves to be characters abandoned by their author. Demanding that the play’s director tell their story, the characters cause members of the theater group to question truth and reality. They Want to Live THEMES Italian Original Language 1921 First Performed Luigi Pirandello Author Six Characters in Search of an Author Comedy Play

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