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Frontiers in Art Research, 2020, 2(7); doi: 10.25236/FAR.2020.020717.

On the Absurdity Theme of Tawfiq al-Hakim's Drama-Man in the Cave


Yifei Gao

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Yifei Gao

School of Oriental and African Studies, Guangdong University of Foreign Studies, Guangzhou, Guangdong, 510420, China


Known as the "Father of Arabic Drama", the Egyptian writer Tawfiq al-Hakim has extensive contact with western drama literature and is influenced by western literary thoughts. Among them, the philosophical drama Man in the Cave (1933) is his magnum opus which combines realism and symbolism. On the basis of clarifying the relevant concepts of the theme, this paper will start from the perspectives of motif and image, to take a grasp of the causes and cultural significance of the absurdity theme of the drama, and explore its spiritual value.


Man in the Cave, absurdity, theme; motif; image

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Yifei Gao. On the Absurdity Theme of Tawfiq al-Hakim's Drama-Man in the Cave. Frontiers in Art Research (2020) Vol. 2, Issue 7: 100-106. https://doi.org/10.25236/FAR.2020.020717.


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