Anti Realism Theatre Movement

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Anti-realism, as defined by Braver, is the denial of an objective reality. Whereas realism would put an interest in aspects of what is real and true, Anti-realism puts an emphasis on what is speculated on and what is abstract (2007:45). It can thus be deducted that the Anti-realism movement was created due to the Realism movement. Beginning as a joint venture by artists from many fields, their aim was to move beyond the surface of realism, in order to explore inner realities that cannot be directly perceived. Metaphors and images assisted the movement in restoring traditional aesthetic values of fantasy, poetry and profundity. By the early 20th century, the movement had already invaded the imaginations of playwrights, resulting in the birth of the Anti-Realist Theatre movement. These plays combined music, mythology, heavy special effects in storytelling and symbolism. The use of symbolism was used to contrive new sets of symbols that the audience could use to perceive the world. In summary, it was the aim of this theatre movement to change the perception of theatrical art proliferated during the first third of the twentieth century. (Dummett: 1978, 202).…show more content…
Within these new contexts, authors often exploit the untruthful nature of representation, as a way of emphasizing the theatricality of the space. By referring to the techniques used in Six characters in search of an Author by Luigi Pirandello, this statement can be discussed, as well as how these techniques are used to break away from the frame of reality. Through this discussion and analysis, greater knowledge will be gained on the techniques used by Pirandello, and ultimately the exploitation of the untruthful nature of

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