Ubu Roi Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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Chapter Abstracts

Act 1, Scene 1

* The play opens with two characters, Ma and Pa Ubu, who are talking in a crude way.

* They use idiosyncratic curse words and epithets.

* Ma is yelling at Pa about his lack of ambition and telling him that she wants him to kill the king and his family so that he can be king.

* Pa alternates between being violent verbally and being a total coward.

* Eventually, he runs out.

* Ma then talks to the audience alone.

* She says that she thinks she has almost persuaded her husband to kill the king.

* She also hopes that very soon she will be the queen of Poland.

Act 1, Scenes 2, 3, and 4

* Ma is having a dinner party.

* Pa makes bad jokes about how ugly Ma is and starts eating the party food without permission.

* Ma gets angry that he is eating the food.

* The first guests arrive along with Captain...

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