1. Artaud had a pessimistic view of the world, but he believed that theatre could effect change.
2. Remove the audience from the everyday and use symbolic objects to work with the emotions and soul of the audience.
3. Attack the audience's senses through an array of technical methods and acting so that the audience would be brought out of their desensitisation and have to confront themselves.
4. Use the grotesque, the ugly and pain in order to confront an audience, thereby being cruel to them.