The Theatre of Absurd and Samuel Beckett (1906-1989) Samuel Beckett
The Theatre of the Absurd and Samuel Beckett 1. The Theatre of the Absurd and Samuel Beckett Only Connect ... New Directions HISTORICAL BACKGROUND NEW MEANING OF EXISTENCE FRENCH EXISTENTIALISM SAMUEL BECKETT
Human impotence in the face of life’s meaninglessness.
A static world where nothing happens.
Absence of a traditional time there is no past, present and future, just a repetitive present.
Disintegration of language absurd exchanges, broken and fragmented dialogues.
The lack of communication use of para-verbal language: mime, silences, pauses and gags.
The Theatre of the Absurd and Samuel Beckett 11. Waiting for Godot : themes Only Connect ... New Directions
The Theatre of the Absurd and Samuel Beckett 12. Beckett vs. Osborne Only Connect ... New Directions Beckett Osborne Plot Obscure, non consequential True-to-life, consequential Setting Symbolic, bare Realistic, related to working class Theme Meaninglessness of human experience Social critic against middle-class values Stage Directions Repetitive, frequent Detailed, informative, clear Language Everyday, meaningless Everyday, simple, clear