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Tiny Alice Essay | Critical Essay #5

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Critical Essay #5

In the following essay, Stark claims that Tiny Alice should be "considered an experiment" due to its considerable amount of obscurities.

The best way to begin clarifying Tiny Alice is to consider the one point about which the critics agree: that it is obscure. This condition, rather than ending analysis of the play, should begin it. After all, readers have come to accept the creation of obscurity as a literary technique, especially in poetry. One should not be bothered, for instance, by the deliberate ambiguity of the stage directions, which are like those in the Theater of the Absurd. (At one point Albee describes one setting and then another that is "an alternative and perhaps more practical," and later he says that "maybe" some noise should be made. After one accepts this kind of obscurity he can concentrate on Albee's reasons for creating it.)

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