Symbols play a major role in Kjeld Abell's conception of theater, which I defined in a previous article as "fantasy + involvement → thought." Understanding the symbols, both in their use (on stage and in dialogue to stimulate fantasy and involvement in the spectator) and in their meaning (as they promote thought), is vital to a fuller appreciation of Abell's plays. This study seeks to demonstrate how the symbols serve the purpose of expressing the playwright's inner experience and awakening a comparable creative experience in the audience. At the same time, it endeavors to increase the understanding and appreciation of his work among scholars, theatergoers, and readers.



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