Right You Are, If You Think You Are Essay

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The following is Dombroski's aim in this essay: "Rather than interpreting Laudisi's laughter as a sign of Pirandello's satirical aims, I should like to suggest the possibility of viewing it simply as a spontaneous show of approval for a humorous situation, a favorable response to a rather elaborate joke."

Criticism has more or less agreed that Pirandello's intention in writing Right You Are (If You Think So) was to illustrate his conviction that truth does not exist absolutely, but merely as a product of the individual mind. From here it became a question of whether the play was successful as drama and to what extent the thesis may be said to either enhance or diminish the work's emotional content. Is Right You Are a "sensitive" and "provoking" expression of Pirandello's philosophy? Or is it nothing more than as Gramsci would have it "a superficial fact of literature: a...

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