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Summary Of ' The Room And Waiting For Godot '

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Laurin Neely

Professor Matthew Byrge

English 2030-14

22 September 2015

Samuel Beckett and Harold Pinter Absurd Influences in Theatre There are a wide variety of theatrical movements that have occurred over time. One of these includes the theatre of the absurd. Theater of the absurd refers to the literary movement in drama popular throughout European countries from the 1940s to approximately 1989. A definition of the term "absurdism" is referred to a literary and philosophical movement that flourished after the Second World War and bears a close relationship to Existentialism. Absurdism 's signature attitude is therefore black humor, an ambiguous mixture of tragic pathos and preposterous comedy, which finds it compelling literary expression in the work of authors such as Samuel Beckett (“Absurdism” 3). In this paper, I will explore the development of absurdism in two different plays, The Room and Waiting for Godot.
The absurdist type of plays often seek to explore the spiritual loneliness, isolation, and anxiety of the down-and-outs of society. Theater of the Absurd are often pointless and contain no underlying messages. They have been described as moving in a circle with no true plot. The movement of the absurd commonly refers to the work of a group of dramatists who first emerged during and after World War II. I have choose to pick a play from Samuel Beckett as well as Harold Pinter to observe their influence on the movement of absurd theatre.
Absurdist works often
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