Just a little more literary grist for this mill:On Pere Ubu:"The central character is notorious for his infantile engagement with his world. Ubu inhabits a domain of greedy self-gratification." Jarry's metaphor for the modern man, he is an antihero - fat, ugly, vulgar, gluttonous, grandiose, dishonest, stupid, jejune, voracious, cruel, cowardly and evil - who grew out of schoolboy legends about the imaginary life of a hated teacher who had been at one point a slave on a Turkish Galley, frozen in ice in Norway, and later, became the King of Poland. Ubu Roi follows and explores his political, martial and felonious exploits, offering parodic adaptations of situations and plot-lines from Shakespearean drama, including Macbeth, Hamlet and Richard III; like Macbeth, Ubu - on the urging of his wife - murders the king who helped him and usurps his throne, and is in turn defeated and killed by his son...While Ubu may be relentless in his political aspirations, and brutal in his personal relations, he apparently has no measurable effect upon those who inhabit the farcical world which he creates around himself. He thus acts out our most childish rages and desires, in which we seek to gratify ourselves at all cost."***The style and substance of this work can easily be folded in to the plots and subplots here.
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