The Suicide

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A Critique of The Suicide Irony, ridicule and nonsense combined with an unimaginable plot and unthinkable characters make the farce one of the one of the more entertaining genres. Although it is not what you might call knee-slapping humor, The Suicide certainly does have its comical moments. Unfortunately it also has its slow points as well. The Suicide was apparently not so humorous to the Russian leadership during the Communist era as Lennin promptly banned the play after seeing the performance. This was certainly not a rare occurrence during the Communist era as many works of art and information were banned including plays written by Chekov and Bulgakov. It’s not very hard to understand why the play was banned because it absolutely ridicules every aspect of the Soviet society and the various segments of people that are in conflict with each other. The story focuses around Semian who is an unemployed Russian living off of his mother. He basically feels lowly and worthless as he is much to old to be living with his mother. He hasn’t seemed to find his place in life yet and almost seems like he has given up and is a loser. Semian does see himself as able to do great things though and thinks he should be famous. When the opportunity to become a hero arises the audience takes the journey with him to make his final decision. Semian is asked to commit suicide for the cause and by doing this unthinkable feat he would die a hero and a famous man. Because Semian does not have a job and feels like he has no purpose in life he actually does consider killing himself. Although I found this unrealis... ... middle of paper ... ...ld expect more inner turmoil. Some other individual performances that impressed me were the clergyman and the postman. The clergyman did a good job of portraying a drunk; it was so convincing that I wouldn’t be surprised if he actually was drinking vodka. The Postman was an entertaining character, every time he saw a woman and acted like a dog the audience broke into laughter. I thought the technical elements were all well done. At first I was unsure about all the doors on the stage but then I saw their purpose when they signified different rooms. The lighting was very effective and so were the costumes, which were quite convincing of the time period. Overall, The Suicide was an entreating farce, which made a good social point and was well worth my time. Bibliography:

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