Explain the meaning of this quote about the theatre of the absurd and Waiting for Godot."The absurdist drama is a reflection of the hopelessness of the human condition and the desperation of man in...

Explain the meaning of this quote about the theatre of the absurd and Waiting for Godot.

"The absurdist drama is a reflection of the hopelessness of the human condition and the desperation of man in the Post- World War II era."

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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The statement refers to the lack of redemption in absurdist drama.  There is a certain hopelessness in absurdist drama, according to the quote, because of a landscape where the human condition is synonymous with a lack of totality, transcendence, and hope.  If the statement is to be accepted, one can argue that the nature of the absurd denies transcendent and structural unity in its own nature.  Absurdist drama tends to embrace the fact that it mirrors its own world.  For Beckett, this was a world where the threat of Hitler and the Nazis was replaced with a reality with one where the Cold War hostilities emerged.  In this light, the absurd nature of drama reflects the world that gives rise to it.

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