The Balcony | Critical Essay by Rufus Cook

This literature criticism consists of approximately 19 pages of analysis & critique of The Balcony.
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Critical Essay by Rufus Cook

SOURCE: Cook, Rufus. “Quest for Immobility: The Identification of Being and Non-Being in Jean Genet's The Balcony.” In Myths and Realities of Contemporary French Theater: Comparative Views, edited by Patricia M. Hopkins and Wendell M. Aycock, pp. 115-27. Lubbock, Tex.: Texas Tech Press, 1985.

In the following essay, Cook explores the connection between the form of The Balcony and the philosophical assumptions that underlie it.

In the seventh scene of Jean Genet's The Balcony, the Court Envoy, speaking of Arthur who is now dead (“the way one dies here”), says: “He was, like us, haunted by a quest of immobility. By what we call the hieratic.”1 On the next page, the Envoy attributes the same motive to the Queen: “She, too, is moving rapidly towards immobility&#x...

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