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    Theatre of the Absurd Essay. The Theatre of the Absurd originated from experimental Arts of the avant-garde in the 1920’s and 30’s. It highlighted the meaning of life and came about as a result of the Second World War. It was also a result of absurd plays having a highly unusual, innovative form, aiming to startle the viewers. In the Second World War, in the meaningless and godless post Second World War world, it was no longer possible to keep using traditional art forms and standards

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    This influenced theatre in a big way, through a type of theatre called Avant-Garde (Franks). Avant-Garde was known to introduce original ideas, forms, and techniques. Often considered Experimental Theatre, it lacked logically-constructed plots and pushed the limits of the stage (Franks). It evolved into a form of theatre, known as the Theatre of the Absurd, which challenged the norm of the post-World War II society (Culik). Through unique methods, the Theatre of the Absurd made a major impact

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    The Portrayal of the Theatre of the Absurd Throughout literature, much has been assumed and gathered about the state of man and his purpose in life. Different poets, novelists, and playwrights have employed the powerful tools of language to broadcast their respective statement to the literate world. Many authors stand out for their overly romanticized or horribly pessimistic notations on life, but only Samuel Beckett stands out for his portrayal of absence. As Democritus, a Greek philosopher

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    existence is absurd and they used comedy in their plays such as ,Beckett's Waiting for Godot,(1953) (Drabble3). Beckett has tackled political themes in his plays such as, Catastrophe (1982), and What Where (1983) which deals with torture and totalitarian. Beckett's plays are not intellectually understood. Besides, irony was used in his works and his plays are closed compositions. The characters from the beginning until the end remain the same without development. In the Absurd Theatre the writers

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    Segundo Martin Esslin ‘’The Theatre of the Absurd strives to express its sense of the senselessness of the human condition and the inadequacy of the rational approach by the open abandonment of rational devices and discursive thought.’’. O Teatro do Absurdo foi um termo criado no pós-Segunda Guerra Mundial por Martin Esslin quando juntou num livro as peças de teatro de vários dramaturgos daquela época, entre os quais se encontravam Samuel Beckett, Eugène Ionesco, Harold Pinter, Tom Stoppard, entre

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    are often questioned and it’s hard to find a way to explain what happens, but the theory of Existentialism and the practice of Absurd Theatre take a look at these ponderings. Existentialism is a philosophical idea that was focused on trying to find life’s purpose and while answering the questions about death and meaning to life that was explored by Tom Stoppard, in his absurd play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Existentialism is a philosophy centered on the analysis of why humans exist and

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    Esslin has written a large amount of information about Beckett and his works, including the genre known as The Theatre of the Absurd, in which most of Beckett’s works can be sorted into. Esslin coined the term “Theatre of the Absurd” in his book by the same name, and links The Theatre of the Absurd with Beckett’s works Waiting for Godot, and Endgame. Ultimately, The Theatre of the Absurd contains varied theatrical features that are seen in Beckett’s works, including the use of characters, language

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    Theatre of the Absurd and Samuel Beckett

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    human world. In retaliation to Ionesco’s criticism, Sartre criticized his ideas that he had put in his book ‘Rhinoceros’. According to Rosette C. Lamont, “Sartre’s criticism highlights a primary difference between the Theatre of the Absurd and Existentialism. The Theatre of the absurd shows the failure of man without recommending a solution” 10. Ionesco felt that Sartre and Camus thought out the themes which they did not express in a far more vital contemporary fashion. He said in an interview with

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    When the people in a small French town start to turn into rhinoceroses, something must be up. Well, this is exactly what happens in Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros. The Theatre of the Absurd, as the title suggests, has some absurd topics. Rhinoceros is no exception. Absurdist plays were very popular in the years following World War II and many playwrights were influenced by the changing times, as seen in Eugene Ionesco’s Rhinoceros. As I mentioned before, this play was written shortly after World War

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    unusual than the Theatre of the Absurd. I have completed extensive research on this art form and am more than qualified to discuss the history of the aforementioned theatre style. During my research, I have found enticing information in regards to how this art form has evolved over the years, and how it still plays a role in modern society. However, if I may backtrack a little, I would like to start with how this theatre style originated. It is believed that the Theatre of the Absurd was a reaction

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