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Ubu the King by Alfred Jarry is a play that appeals to the audience in two ways The play is entertaining but also makes the audience contemplate society and human conduct Jarry mocks human behavior using extreme and blunt exaggeration The extremity of the actions and words of the characters makes the audience realize that this mockery is representative of the dilemma of modern society what is rationalism Ubu the King expresses at least three relationships between humans male vs female powerful vs powerless and rich vs poor Throughout the play irrational human conduct questions these relationships Some of the people involved in the same relationships in modern society are seen as behaving rationally by the modern standards However Jarry has his characters act very irrational which questions human behavior The opening line of Ubu the King lets viewers know that it will not be a play that displays humans as being kind Crrrap Pre Ubu exclaims 55 This word in itself defies society Modern societys standards say it is wrong to present language like this to the public Why dont I smash you Mre Ubu is a line that further expresses such language 55 This scene continues with the defiance of society shown by the relationship between the male and female figure Pre Ubu and Mre Ubu The exaggerated cruelty between the couple is shocking and serves as a realization to the audience It is the kind of relationship that exists but is not discussed In this scene and throughout the rest of the play societys norms are defied by showing an unpleasant yet realistic relationship between man and woman This play exaggerates and mocks Shakespeares Macbeth but it is still consistent with the basic qualities of the characters The play also says something about Arnolds definition of culture Arnold says that culture is the best and that we should associate ourselves with the best The play displays a culture that is not the
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