The Theater Of The Absurd

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The theatre of the absurd is a term formulated by Martin Esslin during the 1950s and 1960s. Essentially, it is derived from Albert Camus, the French author, in his Myth of Sisyphus. The origins of the absurd theatre are in the hard experiments in the art during the 1920s and 1930s. The absurd drama is not determined to solve any problem on the modern stage. Absurd drama excludes language as a resource for communication. Language has become meaningless exchanges. In fact, it fails to reflect the importance of human experience; it is restricted to the surface meaning and never penetrates beyond its depth. The language which is used in absurd drama is specifically conventionalized speech, clichés and slogans that have become very common to many writers.
The critics conclude that life is basically meaningless and, later, miserable, with no hope because of the unavoidable futility of man’s exertions. In these dramas, realism is intolerable, so there are illusions. There is no discernible plot. Conversations are repeated. In these dramas, there is no certain purpose or reason because it does not solve any problem. The main theme in absurd drama is a failure of communication and the mingling of comic and serious elements. Also, theatre of the absurd appears to react broadly against the impact of religion and its dimension in contemporary life. In other words, we can say that it is an attempt to restore the necessity of myth and ritual in the modern age, by making the individual
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