Beckett and Theatre of the Absurd
--a violation of the rules of logic
-- expresses the failure
of traditional values to fulfill man's spiritual and emotional needs.
-- an indication of the manner in which reality
repeatedly ``checkmates'' the individual
--characterizes the apparent pointlessness of life and the terrors of ``nonbeing."
--expresses the disparity between ``man's intention and the reality he encounters."
--symbolizes the ``fundamental
mystery'' of life.
Theater of the Absurd
--human experience is seen as fragmented and purposeless.
for truth characteristic of romantic drama is rejected.
Samuel Beckett is one of the foremost European adherents.
In Beckett's plays,
--life itself seems to have come to a halt,
--his characters typically engage in fruitless
and repetitive actions that underscore the meaninglessness of their existence.
--emphasizes man's inability to control
and order experience and repeatedly shows man as the victim of modern technology and bourgeois values.
reality are often fused to suggest the painful absurdity of contemporary life.
--reveals the inversion and corruption
of conventional patterns of friendship, love, and family allegiance
--language becomes a barrier rather than an aid to
Nothing exists, is knowable, or can be communicated.
All distinctions in moral value
are bogus, self-aggrandizing personal opinions that have been foisted on society.