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  • Investigate the basic existential tenets of the French philosophers and writers Jean Paul Sartre and Albert Camus and their impact on Ionesco's absurdist drama.
  • Compare the dramatic techniques of an existential drama such as Sartre's No Exit or Camus's The Misunderstanding with those of The Bald Soprano.
  • Investigate the work of Alfred Jarry and the science of pataphysics, relating your discoveries to Ionesco's anti-plays.
  • Research the impact of Charlie Chaplin and other film comedians on the absurdists, including Ionesco.
  • Research surrealism as a movement in art and drama, noting its influence on Ionesco's The Bald Soprano.

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