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He claims that though it occurs in a prison, it magnifies in microcosm the oppression and limitations inherent to the communist state, which Havel aptly relates to the existential life situation of the individuals: The plotlessness and non-happenings of life in a prison-cell cast a new and very peculiar light on the stories and events that have happened to us before, on the outside.
If Calliste and Mercy represent increasingly ambivalent variations on the generic story of estrangement from home, then the maids of Tartarus introduce an even more problematic version in which any return home is perpetually forestalled--frozen in the icy plotlessness of Melville's tale.
In the midst of apparent plotlessness, Mattie Ryder keeps trying and trying.
There, at least, was an audience that could find meaning in the play's apparent meaninglessness, in the seeming plotlessness of the characters' wait for (perhaps) nothing, and in the nearly uneventful duration of time that is passed in almost-solitude.
It may seem a strange connection, but are your plays more like Chekhov's than most playwrights', both in their being ensemble plays and in their seeming plotlessness?
Indeed, the audience at the Guild Seminar seemed to be in a state of "I know, but I don't know what I know," for question after question was put to the dancers, each one ignoring the fact of Jewels's plotlessness. Did Balanchine explain what was happening in Jewels?
Secondly, and more importantly, neither he nor anyone else has presented the slightest evidence that naturalism and linear plot per se are colonialist, and that anti-naturalism and plotlessness per se are anti-colonialist.