Six Characters in Search of an Author is a popular play written by LuigiPirandello who is one among the popular twentieth century Italian playwright.When I started reading this play I thought it is very easy but actually it isnot. This play reveals many aspects even though it seems simple in its firstreading.
A reader must look into the deeper meanings of each dialogue then onecould reveal many themes from it. This play is actually deviated from the socalled rules and forms of a play. This play shows how art and life are relatedto each other.
ThePlay Six Characters in Search of an Author starts in a rehearsal setting ofPirandello’s play named Mixing It Up whichis interrupted by a group of six people involves Father, Mother, The Stepdaughter,The Son, The Boy and the Child who later becomes the actors of a new play.Other characters are Manager, Leading Lady, Leading Man, Prompter and others.This play is a kind of play within in a play. Two plots are there one is theplay which they rehearse to do another one is reality which the six characterstalks about. It includes comic elements, tragic elements and some points itmake us wonder sometimes it portrays as realistic.
Through the dialogues of thesix characters we could understand their concept about a play and how much theygive importance to the art making. Father is one among the main character inthe play says: “Dramatic characters are the invention of theauthor. Even though the writer died he will outlive through his characters. Theman, the writer, the instrument of the creation will die, but his creation doesnot die and to live forever”.
It may be mean that their life becamemiserable that’s why they want to became characters in order to make their lifealive even though their life is not going well. In that sense the play containsthe conflict between reality and illusion. It also an indication of the viewthat life and art are can’t be separated. Art is always a reflection life orreality.Theplay belongs to the genre of absurdist drama. Father says life is full ofabsurdities. They came there in search of an authentic author to make theirlife a play.
Absurdist play means theplay which shows life as meaningless or comic. In simple sense something comeinto the life unexpectedly which cause changes but cant alter by anyone so thepeople involved in it loses their faith in life. The play is all about the fallof a family.
Fathersays he is always loved his family but he went to a brothel to get a good time.At the same time the mother and stepdaughter were suffers to live. Mother hasto send her daughter to brothel because of their condition.
It is reallycontradictory. Father searching for pleasure but the women characters strivesto live.Manager allowedmaking their life a play. The characters interrupts when some portions of theirlife was enacts by the actors because they were not satisfied by theirrepresentation. May be they stood for the clear depiction of reality. In thispoint we could see elements of realism in this play. The relation betweenillusion and reality is an element of modernism.
Throughout the play thecharacters look into the accuracy of their acting. The play contains elementsof naturalism in its realistic stage, setting, behavior and dialogue. The playis all about the issues of that family. In this play playwright hints about oneof the problems faced by modern man which is lack of communication. Playwrightdidn’t give any particular name to those six characters which is also a hint tothe modern man who lacks a stable self. He is always stimulated by the externalthings.
Modern man does many things to get recognized like these sixcharacters. The play Six Characters in Search of an Author ends in a confusionthat whether it is true or not.