Ubu Roi Short Essay - Answer Key

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1. How would you best describe the style of the writing in this play?

This play is written in an eccentric and idiosyncratic style.

2. What can be said about the language that the characters of this novel use?

The language used in this novel take it beyond the realm of straightforward narrative theatre and into something that's equal parts surreal nightmare and satirical social commentary.

3. How does the play open?

The play opens with the two main characters conversing in very crude language laced with idiosyncratic curse words and epithets.

4. Who are the two main characters and what are they discussing as the play opens?

Ma Ubu and Pa Ubu are the two main characters and as the play opens Ma is berating Pa for his lack of ambition and struggles to convince him to murder King Wenceslas of Poland and his family

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