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The History of Modern Drama in a Response to New Ways of Understanding the World

What influenced playwrights of the 20th Century?

Theatre in the 20th Century can be viewed as a response to new modes of understanding the world. The Second World War directly influenced playwriting and drama throughout this period in history both politically and philosophically. After the war, people were without jobs, the death toll was unimaginable and in light of the devastation, art had lost all meaning. In this article, I will explain the social context of this era and how the development of drama responded to the changes in worldview. I will discuss the works of both Bertolt Brecht and Samuel Beckett to convey these new concepts, In particular with the plays Mother Courage and Endgame.

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