Reasons of Copenhagen Ending in Such a Way: From the Perspective of Postmodernism

Hongyan XU


Postmodernism arose partly as a continuation of the ideas of modernism in western literature, art and architecture, and other forms of thinking and expressions since the late 1940s. This paper tries to use the features of postmodernism to analyze the reasons of Copenhagen ends in such way. Subverting the subject, humbling history, transforming time, the terrorism of truth and etc are such features. In Copenhagen, the author provides the possibilities to explain the event by three attempts of the three characters’ trying to find out the real fact. It is coincidental with the disputed character of the event. In such way, Frayn provides a new version of the 1941 mysterious meeting.


Postmodernism; Features; Multiple ending

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