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Posted November 8, 2008 at 5:41 AM via web

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What are the the major themes of modern british drama? Who are the most famous playwrights of that era?

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morrol | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted November 12, 2008 at 3:41 AM (Answer #1)

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British modern dramatists include Oscar Wilde, Samuel Beckett, and George Bernard Shaw. One of the major themes of modern drama was the importance of psychology. Psychoanalysis was new, and playwrights were anxious to delve into the human psyche. This was especially true for Samuel Beckett. Another theme involves criticism of high society. Oscar Wilde especially satirized the extraordinary emphasis on wealth and social status.

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