Date of Award


Degree Type


Degree Name

Master of Arts (MA)


Romance Languages


B. S. Pocknell


War experienced and meditated became a great source of inspiration in Giraudoux's theatre. The aim of this thesis is to examine Giraudoux's ideas on war in Siegfried, a post-war play written in 1928 and in La Guerre de Troie n1aura pas lieu, a pre-war play written in 1935. This playwrightls ideas do not manifest themselves solely in the dialogues of the characters but a1so in their gestures and their visual expressions as we1l as in the stage decorations. Such a study aims at bringing about an appreciation of the evolution not only in Giraudoux's ideas on war during the very precarious period between the two World Wars but also in his dramatic techniques especially in the area of stage effects.

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