International Journal of Humanities and Social Science

ISSN 2220-8488 (Print), 2221-0989 (Online) 10.30845/ijhss

The Paradox of Contemporary Life and War in Mark Ravenhill’s Shoot/Get Treasure/ Repeat
Mesut GÜNENÇ, Ahmet Gökhan Biçer

This study represents new tendencies in contemporary theatre with Ravenhill’s unusual play applying postmodern period, contemporary life and war effects between west and east. Introducing the aspects of in yer face generation and modern British drama, this paper studies out how Mark Ravenhill’s play can be adopted of conditions in contemporary theatre and how these conditions create provocative, rebellious, disturbing and shocking plays. Considering these experiments, this paper analyses Mark Ravenhill’s play Shoot/Get Treasure/Repeat (2008) to show how these aspects and experiments create the paradox between contemporary life and war and change the understanding of the play. A detailed analysis, especially different themes of short plays in the play, is carried out in this paper. This analysis opposes to traditional understanding and habits of contemporary society. With this distinctive play Mark Ravenhill deconstructs general beliefs about core values of western democracy and represents destructive effects of war.

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