Existentialism is a concept that became popular during the
second World War in France, and just after it. French playrights have
often used the stage to express their views, and these views came to
surface even during a Nazi occupation. Bernard Shaw got his play
"Saint Joan" past the German censors because it appeared to be very
Anti-British. French audiences however immediately understood the real
meaning of the play, and replaced the British with the
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King". Most absurdist plays have no logical plot. The absence of the
plot pushes an emphasis on proving the pointless existence of man.
Quite often, such plays reveal the human condition at it's absolute
Absurdist playwrites often used such techniques as symbolism,
mime, the circus, and the commedia dell'arte, which are quite evident
in the more popular plays of the time, such as Waiting for Godot, The
Bald Prima Donna, and Amedee.