Accidental Death of an Anarchist

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In the play Accidental Death of an Anarchist, Dario Fo expresses his political concerns, using humour as a way of educating his audience. He incorporates stock characters such as the Maniac and the superintendent to address issues like abuse of power, while using farce and satire to emphasize his point. All of these combined help to leave the responder thinking about the issues in contemporary society. The Maniac has the main and most important role in ADOA. He can be likened to the Commedia Dell’arte character Arlecchino as both are very intelligent, but also unpredictable and known to frequently change their plans. Through the Maniac the audience learns the truth about the death of the anarchist. The Maniac constantly changes his…show more content…
This stirs anger within the responder, while making them laugh at how openly and confidently the Superintendent expresses his corruption. The Superintendent heightens the comedy in the play and is made to be oafish and completely unaware by Fo, contradictory of someone who is meant to be learned. In Act Two, Scene One, the Superintendent exclaims «…your Honour, you’re taking the piss.» Not only does this expose the police’s disrespect for the law and it’s proceeding through the use of his farcical comment, but it is also ironic that what he has said is such an understatement. The Superintendent is unable to grasp what the Maniac is up to. By showing the audience his ‘raw’ stupidity, Dario Fo helps the responder to come to the realisation that there are actually people like this in positions of power. The police’s controverting actions are continually presented through the Superintendent-»So he’s a…hoaxer, an imposter, a quick-change artist.» The irony here is that the police have actually demonstrated that they’re the «hoaxers» and «quick change artists» in regards to the number of times that they have changed their evidence. This irony creates a humorous side to the critical issue of police corruption while reinforcing the idea that what happened was a serious political amalgamation of lies aimed at hiding the truth behind the anarchist’s death. There were many themes presented in ADOA including that of the abuse of power by the authoritarian. This
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