Václav Havel Writing Styles in The Memorandum

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Setting

An absurdist play, The Memorandum takes place in a group of offices in Havel's contemporary place and time. That is, Czechoslovakia in the mid-1960s, when the country was under the rule of Soviet-aligned communists. Under this system, everyone was employed in jobs that were sometimes meaningless and redundant. Each of the three offices is essentially the same, with the furniture arranged differently. Unseen at the conjunction of the offices is the space of the staff watcher, George. His job is to spy on everyone else and make sure they are following the rules. This setting emphasizes oppressive atmosphere and the uniformity of attitudes among those who work in the offices.

Repetition

There is a certain amount of repetition in the action and dialogue of The Memorandum, which underscores the endless circle of redundancy of this office life. Conversations are repeated, nearly word for word, over and over...

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