The dramatic value of body language and pauses in the theatre of absurd : a thematic study of Samuel Beckett's Happy Days and Footfalls

Other Title(s)

القيمة المسرحية للغة الجسد و الوقفات في مسرح العبث : دراسة موضوعية لمسرحيتي صامويل بيكيت الأيام السعيدة و وقع أقدام

Dissertant

Bura, Ahmad Khalid Bura

Thesis advisor

Mahamid, Muhammad

University

Middle East University

Faculty

Faculty of Arts and Sciences

Department

Department of English

University Country

Jordan

Degree

Master

Degree Date

2019

English Abstract

World War II caused many changes in the life of people including dramatic form which has been in a state of constant flux, due to the shifting visions of life.

The postwar man started to feel the meaninglessness of life, especially after the shocks of war in which the world was seen primarily as a place bereft of meaning, faith and genuine will.

That led to the absence of any available recognized method for communication.

This meant that language which is the familiar method of communication ceased to be functional, because it has already lost its raw material, 'meaning'.

Language was devalued as a channel able to convey convincing meaning.

Thus, such a failure made language be regarded as a token of absurdity.

That's why language for the absurd playwrights, especially for Beckett, had already been dead.

The present study aims at deciphering the codes of body language and pauses in the theatre of absurd through Beckett's plays Happy Days and Footfalls, and how Beckett used these two characteristics on stage as a means to reveal the mind which is ensnared by the body and is incapable of thought outside the body's limitations.

A lot of meaning is conveyed.

Becket used both the body language and pauses for certain purposes like increasing tensions between characters, extending emotional moments, and adding an overall air of authenticity to the work, what goes unsaid between two people or what is implied sometimes conveys more than words.

Finally the study comes up to a conclusion that sums up the results.

Main Topic

Literature

No. of Pages

80

Table of Contents

Table of contents.

Abstract.

Abstract in Arabic.

Chapter One : Introduction.

Chapter Two : Literature review.

Chapter Three : Methods and procedures.

Chapter Four : Discussion and analysis.

Chapter Five : Conclusion and recommendations.

References.

American Psychological Association (APA)

Bura, Ahmad Khalid Bura. (2019). The dramatic value of body language and pauses in the theatre of absurd : a thematic study of Samuel Beckett's Happy Days and Footfalls. (Master's theses Theses and Dissertations Master). Middle East University, Jordan
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-899906

Modern Language Association (MLA)

Bura, Ahmad Khalid Bura. The dramatic value of body language and pauses in the theatre of absurd : a thematic study of Samuel Beckett's Happy Days and Footfalls. (Master's theses Theses and Dissertations Master). Middle East University. (2019).
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-899906

American Medical Association (AMA)

Bura, Ahmad Khalid Bura. (2019). The dramatic value of body language and pauses in the theatre of absurd : a thematic study of Samuel Beckett's Happy Days and Footfalls. (Master's theses Theses and Dissertations Master). Middle East University, Jordan
https://search.emarefa.net/detail/BIM-899906

Language

English

Data Type

Arab Theses

Record ID

BIM-899906