Martin Esslin Quote

 "Absurd" originally means "out of harmony," in a musical context. Hence its dictionary definition: "out of harmony with reason or propriety; incongruous, unreasonable, illogical." In common usage, "absurd" may simply mean "ridiculous," but this is not the sense in which Camus uses the word, and in which it is used when we speak of the Theatre of the Absurd. In an essay on Kafka, Ionesco defined his understanding of the term as follows: "Absurd is that which is devoid of purpose.... Cut from his religious, metaphysical, and transcendental roots, man is lost; all his actions become senseless, absurd, useless."


Introduction : The absurdity of the Absurd - The Theatre of the Absurd (1961)

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 Absurd originally means out of harmony, in a musical context. Hence its dictionary definition: out of harmony with reason or propriety;...

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 Absurd originally means out of harmony, in a musical context. Hence its dictionary definition: out of harmony with reason or propriety;...

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 Absurd originally means out of harmony, in a musical context. Hence its dictionary definition: out of harmony with reason or propriety;...

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 Absurd originally means out of harmony, in a musical context. Hence its dictionary definition: out of harmony with reason or propriety;...