Monday, 15 September 2014

Interpretation Challenge: Breath: The Shortest Play by Samuel Beckett

Breath - a Play

While discussing ‘The Theatre of the Absurd’ and Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’, we viewed film version of his shortest play ‘Breath’ - a thirty-seconds play. Would you like to take challenge to give interpretation of this shortest play? Give your interpretation after reading the play and a few video versions (scroll down to read-view), in the comment section below this blog-post.


A still from the version of the play - Breath


The script of the play:
CURTAIN Up
1. Faint light on stage littered with miscellaneous rubbish. Hold about five seconds.
2. Faint brief cry and immediately inspiration and slow increase of light together reaching maximum - together in about ten seconds. Silence and hold for about five seconds.
3. Expiration and slow decrease of light together reaching minimum together (light as in 1) in about ten seconds and immediately cry as before. Silence and hold about five seconds. 


CURTAIN Down


Clue to interpret the play:

  • Absurd: philosophy meaningless: lacking any meaning that would give purpose to life 


  • the notion that existence is absurd

  • meaninglessness: the condition of living in a meaningless universe where life has no purpose, especially as a concept in some 20th-century philosophical movements.

    Existentialism:
    philosophical movement centred on individual existence:
    a philosophical movement begun in the 19th century that denies that the universe has any intrinsic meaning or purpose.
    It requires people to take responsibility for their own actions and shape their own destinies.

    Microsoft® Encarta® 2009. © 1993-2008 Microsoft Corporation. All rights reserved.

You can view videos of the play:





You are requested to give your opinion / interpretation / review after viewing above mentioned video & below given reading resources.

The picturization of the play by students: Click on the names to read their interpretations of the play:

    Asha
     
      Bharati
     
    Dhara
     
    Hina
     
    Kavisha
     
    Kinnari
     
    Mehal
     
    Nirali and Rita
      Nishtha
    Payal
     
    Ravina
     
    Rohit
     
    Samiya
     
    Sima
     
    Dharti 
     
    Tamsa 
     


  1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Breath_(play)
  2. http://www.openculture.com/2015/03/take-a-breath-and-watch-samuel-becketts-one-minute-play.html
  3. https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/eng_dept_bu/YH_MJPsY9_c (Read views of students of previous batch - 2012-14)

11 comments:

  1. Respected sir, here is my blog link of given challenge.

    https://abulabedi1719.blogspot.com/2018/10/interpretation-of-play-breath-by-samuel.html?m=1

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  2. Respected sir ,

    Here is my answer with this attached link
    https://mahirpari.blogspot.com/2018/10/thinking-activity-on-existentialism.html?m=1

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  3. Respected Sir,
    Here is my answer is attached with this link.
    https://jetaldhapa201820.blogspot.com/2019/10/thinking-activity-interpretation.html

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  4. Respected Sir, Here is the blog link attached regarding the given task. I've also shot a small video which picturizes Samuel Beckett's play 'Breath'. Along with the interpretation, a YouTube video is also embedded.

    Samuel Beckett's short play Breath

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  5. Respected Sir,

    In response to a task assigned by you I have prepared one small video which tries to picturize Samuel Beckett's short play Breath. To watch the video as well as to read interpretation given to it, please go through my blog.

    Breath:Picturization and Interpretation Challenge

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  6. Respected sir!!!

    Here I put my video link....
    https://hinamalek.blogspot.com/2020/11/interpretation-challenge-breath.html

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  7. Respected sir,

    Here is my blog link,
    https://pandyatamsa.blogspot.com/2020/11/here-i-want-to-share-my-view-on.html

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  9. Respected Sir,

    The blog link on 'Interpretation and picturization of Breath play by Samuel Beckett' is pasted below as part of our google classroom task.

    Please have a look: https://samiyakagdi313.blogspot.com/2020/11/samuel-beckett-play-breath.html

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  10. Respected sir,
    Respected Sir,

    In response to a task assigned by you I have prepared one small video which tries to picturize Samuel Beckett's short play Breath. To watch the video as well as to read interpretation given to it, please go through my blog.

    'Breath'-shortest play by Samuel Beckett

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  11. Respected sir
    Here is my response to a task assigned by you.
    Here is my blog link
    'Breath'play by Samuel Beckett

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