What is the genre of Rockaby by Samuel Beckett and what is the ideology behind this genre?
Beckett has been reported saying: "I am not unduly concerned with intelligibility. I hope the piece would work on the necessary emotions of the audience rather than appealing to their intellect." In other words, Beckett was more interested in how the audience felt and reacted rather than being concerned about whether or not they eight-minute short play made sense on an academic or intellectual level. In addition, the use of language in the play is at best sparse and symbolic. In these way I would argue that the play squarely fits into the genre of Theater of the absurd. For more information on theater of the absurd check out this academic website: http://www.arts.gla.ac.uk/Slavonic/Absurd.htm.
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