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In the play Accidental Death of an Anarchist Dario Fo expresses his political concerns using humour as a way of educating his audience He incorporates stock characters such as the Maniac and the superintendent to address issues like abuse of power while using farce and satire to emphasize his point All of these combined help to leave the responder thinking about the issues in contemporary society The Maniac has the main and most important role in ADOA He can be likened to the Commedia Dellarte character Arlecchino as both are very intelligent but also unpredictable and known to frequently change their plans Through the Maniac the audience learns the truth about the death of the anarchist The Maniac constantly changes his character in the play representing the deception and disguise of the police force and emphasizing how ridiculous those in power are In Act One Scene Two the Maniac says Im not pushing Youve been seized by a raptus This is a great comic line the irony in the remark shows how absurd the polices statements are Another example is when the Maniacs arm falls off and he mockingly states Next youll be pulling off my leg This is a deliberate farce to make the responder laugh This incident is also a symbol of the cover-ups made by the police and is aimed at stressing Dario Fos message about the injustices and lies by the police in society The Maniac is very intelligent and this helps him to control the authoritative figures and make them out to be foolish and weak For example In Act One Scene Two he points to a nervous twitch in his neck This is comic because he is threatening the police with something that couldnt possibly cause them any harm It also reflects how successfully he has asserted his status over the others The end of Act One Scene Two is a powerful irony with
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