Beckett Essays

  • Samuel Beckett

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    Characters Beckett did not view and express the problem of Absurdity in any form of philosophical theory (he never wrote any philosophical essays, as Camus or Sartre did), his expression is exclusively the artistic language of theatre. In this chapter, I analyse the life situation of Beckett's characters finding and pointing at the parallels between the philosophical background of the Absurdity and Beckett's artistic view. As I have already mentioned in the biography chapter, Beckett read various

  • Beckett, Brecht and Endgame

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    Beckett, Brecht and Endgame Irish playwright Samuel Beckett is often classified amongst Absurdist Theatre contemporaries Jean-Paul Sartre, Albert Camus, Jean Genet, and Eugene Ionesco (Brockett 392-395). However, Endgame, Beckett's second play, relates more closely to the theatrical ideology of German playwright Bertolt Brecht, father of epic theatre and the alienation effect. Through the use of formal stage conventions, theatrical terminology, and allusions to Shakespearean texts within

  • Endgame by Samuel Beckett

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    As stated by Cohn in her article " 'Endgame': The Gospel According to Sad Sam Beckett" there is much evidence given relating to the many comparable instances between the Bible and Beckett's “Endgame.” With this interpretation as well as the discussion about the significance of the title, and the constant reference to the end of the world, it is nearly impossible to see Beckett's “Endgame” as anything other than a post-apocalyptic tale. I found particularly interesting Cohn's relation to Beckett's

  • Endgame By Samuel Beckett

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    John A., and Peter Gay. “1957.” The Modern World. Vol. 3. New York: Harper and Row, (1972): 307-342. Klaus, Carl H., Miriam Gilbert, and Bradford S. Fields, Jr.. Modern and Contemporary Drama. New York: St. Martin’s Press, 1994. Petty, Ryan. From Beckett to Stoppard: Existentialism, Death, and Absurdity. May 1999. 3 Apr. 2001>. Sandberg, Robert. The Comedy of Unhappiness: A Critical Study of Endgame and Waiting for Godot. 27 Sept. 1997. 2 Apr. 2001

  • Endgame by Samuel Beckett

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    Beckett is the founder of exploring the meaning of theatrical absurdity. Beckett’s effortless writings over the years, created a unique dramatic persona in his plays that won him the Noble Peace prize. After receiving one of the highest awards known to humanity, he kept a low profile. This period alludes to the satisfaction of reaching his peak. Yet, in his later work, the Endgame makes a direct correlation with the satisfaction of making your peak a plateau. He creates a philosophical predicament

  • Samuel Beckett and Waiting for Godot

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    Samuel Beckett and Waiting for Godot As much as any body of writing this century, the works of Samuel Beckett reflect an unflinching, even obsessive flirtation with universal void. His literary and dramatic accounts of skirmishes with nothingness portray human beings (generally beings, at least, beings more or less human and intact) situated in paradoxical, impossibly absurd circumstances. Samuel Barclay Beckett was born in the comfortable Dublin suburb of Foxrock in 1906

  • Comparing Ritual in Beckett, Hemingway, and O'Neill

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    Ritual in Beckett, Hemingway, and O'Neill "Perhaps the public psyche has simply been overloaded and, like an electrical circuit, has blown its fuse and gone cold under the weight of too many impulses" (Miller, lvi). The modern world is often looked upon as a cold and unfeeling one. And the modern existence is such that it has been called a "Wasteland" by T. S. Eliot. It has also led Camus to parallel it with the ancient Greek myth of Sisyphus, who was condemned to repeatedly push a boulder

  • Theatre of the Absurd and Samuel Beckett

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    writers---- who are serious and important – were talking of absurdity and death, but they never really lived these themes ….. that all this was not deeply inscribed in their language. With them it was still rhetoric, eloquence; with Arthur Adamov and Beckett it really is a very naked reality that is conveyed through the apparent dislocation of language11. Beckett’s own relationship with Sartre was complicated and ‘he generally found the writing style of Sartre and Heidigger to be too philosophical and

  • The Role of the Body in the Works of Samuel Beckett

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    Throughout the works of Samuel Beckett there is an intense focus on the body both in its role as a medium of “physicalized language” (Hunka, 2010) as well as a metaphysical and philosophical catalyst or metaphor. The body in Beckett is thereby not merely a vessel for a character but a prop of its own that can be used to explore or exaggerate the themes and ideas of his plays. There is a dichotomy between the body and mind throughout Beckett’s plays and an examination of the plays Happy Days (1961)

  • Analysis of Krapp's Last Tape by Samuel Beckett: Light and Dark

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    In Krapp’s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett, light and its opposite, dark, are used to represent Krapp’s rejection of intellectual, physical, and emotional interactions for his transient comfort of the dark. He disregards these important aspects of life by using the dark as a place where he can confine his addictions, memories, and remorse. Krapp views the dark as a source of freedom and a place of work while light is synonymous of love and his previous chances of happiness. The contrast between light

  • Friendship in Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

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    demonstrates that by finding that many of our needs can be satiated by our own selves, our friendships can be self-giving rather than needy and stagnant--and in turn, will be self-gratifying. Works Cited Beckett, Samuel. Waiting For Godot. 3rd ed. N.p.: CPI Group, 2006. Print. Vol. 1 of Samuel Beckett: The Complete Dramatic Works. 4 vols

  • Brendan Behan’s The Quare Fellow and Samuel Beckett

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    Brendan Behan’s The Quare Fellow and Samuel Beckett Existential works are difficult to describe because the definition of existentialism covers a wide range of ideas and influences almost to the point of ambiguity. An easy, if not basic, approach to existentialism is to view it as a culmination of attitudes from the oppressed people of industrialization, writers and philosophers during the modern literary period, and people who were personally involved as civilians, soldiers, or rebels during

  • Time and Repetition in Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

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    How Does Beckett Use Time and Repetition in Waiting For Godot to Represent The Never Ending Cycles in Life? Life is made up of different routines and schedules that are followed by the ordinary human being daily. In ‘Waiting for Godot’, Samuel Beckett uses time and repetition consistently throughout the play to demonstrate how these routines and habits are key elements in the course of life itself. The three main devices Beckett uses are the illogical pass of time, the lack of a past or a future

  • Analysis Of 'Endgame And Waiting For Godot' By Samuel Beckett

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    reading two plays by Samuel Beckett, “Endgame” and “Waiting for Godot”. Samuel Beckett, like many authors apply a philosophy, or universal theme to their work that can be seen throughout the story. The world of Beckett is full of insignificant days, mediocre events, and ambitionless characters. With the work of “Endgame” and “Waiting for Godot”, Beckett illustrates the insignificance of a single day and how there are no life changing events. The characters that are in Beckett plays are seemingly unaffected

  • Cascando, by S. Beckett, and Burnt Norton, by T. S. Eliot

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    "Cascando," by S. Beckett (Poems 41-42), and "Burnt Norton," by T. S. Eliot (Quartets 7-13) express the poets' desire for love and union: Beckett, desiring a woman, expresses his apprehension of their love, and Eliot, wanting divine revelation, expresses his apprehension of God's love in creating the universe. Knowing the poets' personal circumstances, the artists' creative suffering can be discovered in these complex poems, as they struggle to discern the uncertain future, and to arrange to procure

  • The Belief in a Savior in Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett

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    Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett entails more than one moral or lesson within the story. I feel that the moral of the story is up to the perception of the reader, however. It has been discussed that there is no relationship between God and waiting for salvation. However, in my opinion, I think that Estragon and Vladimir were waiting for God to “show up” for them and were unable to receive any salvation. This ties into the idea of struggling and striving for a better life while looking for some

  • Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett: Known The Purpose of Life

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    In Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett shares his insight into the meaning, or lack thereof, in life. Beckett uses the stage, each character, each word, each silence, and every detail in the play to create an uncomfortably barren atmosphere, devoid of color and life. Vladimir and Estragon are waiting for Godot, a man who will supposedly save them by giving them plenty of food and a place to sleep. A life spent waiting not only applies to Vladimir and Estragon but to all human beings, who each wait

  • Modernist Literature in Krapp´s Last Tape by Samuel Beckett

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    In Krapp’s last tape by Samuel Becket there are three characteristics that make the piece a modernist one. The play’s dialogue, technology, and the fragmentation of the piece, are traits that would be often used in modernist literature. Although every writer had a different way to approach these traits, it is clear that in Krapp’s last tape they were meant to create a modernist case. The play is set up as a monologue. The monologue element is not a trait specifically used in modernist writing because

  • Sartre’s Existentialism in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot

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    misunderstand the quintessence of Sartre’s philosophy. Jean-Paul Sartre, in his lecture “Existentialism is Humanism,” remarks that “existence precedes essence” (2), that is, man first materializes and then searches for a purpose – an essence. Samuel Beckett, through his play Waiting for Godot, affirms Sartre’s core argument. Misinterpreting Godot, critic Edith contends that it differs fundamentally from Sartre’s philosophy; Kern acknowledges the existential elements within Godot, but argues

  • Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot as Criticism of Christianity

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    Waiting for Godot:  Clear Criticism of Christianity Samuel Beckett may have denied the use of Christian mythology in Waiting for Godot, but the character of Lucky proves otherwise.  We can read Lucky as a symbolic figure of Christ, and, as such, his actions in the play carry a criticism of Christianity, suggesting that the merits of Christianity have decreased to the point where they no longer help man at all. The parallels between Christ and Lucky are strong. Lucky, chained with a rope,