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How did absurdism develop?
How did absurdism end?
How did absurdism influence theatre that followed?
Biography of an absurdist playwright
Biography of an absurdist actor
"Waiting for Godot"
culture during the absurdism time period
How is absurdism expressed in other arts?
5 things you should know about absurdism
Personal Response
Works Cited
How did absurdism begin?
5 things you should know about absurdism

"What do I know about man's destiny?  I could tell you more about radishes."
-Samuel Beckett

  • Absurdism began in the early 1900's
  • Basic themes:
    • Human loneliness in a world without God,
    • The Inability to communicate,
    • The dehumanization and impotence of individuals in a bourgeois, what we term the ‘upper middle class’ who are often characterized with a materialistic outlook, society.
    • The meaninglessness of life
  • Began in Paris, France
  • Absurdist plays make no obvious sense to the audience – things are not outwardly understood.
  • Some important terms to know:


An attack on human stupidity or vice in the form of scathing humor, or a critique of what the author sees as dangerous religious, political moral, or social standards. The hope is that when people view satire, they could see their faults magnified in a distorted reflection. Then, they could see how ridiculous their behavior was and then try to correct that tendency in themselves.



Parody is similar to Satire, but it is not exactly the same. It imitates the serious manner and characteristic in order to make fun of those same features, think of spoof.