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    Rituals in Everyman and Endgame

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    Comparing Rituals in Everyman and Endgame "Why do you do that?" "Do what?" "Make the symbol of the cross--you must be Catholic--I see them doing that all of the time." I was eager to know what my friend's response would be. "Yeah," she replied, "I am. It's holy, respect for Jesus and Mary. Sometimes we have to do it as penance after confession." Inquisitively I asked, "I don't get it. So you perform this ritual for different reasons? What are you trying to accomplish when you do

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    Endgame By Samuel Beckett

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    The mood and attitude of Samuel Beckett’s 1957 play, Endgame, are reflective of the year of its conception. The history that reflects directly on the play itself is worth sole attention. In that year, the world was a mixed rush of Cold War fear, existential reason, and race to accomplishment (Garraty 307). Countries either held a highlighted concern with present wartime/possibility of war, or involvement with the then sprouting movement of Existentialism. The then “absurdist theater” reflected the

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    What Is Endgame Play

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    Beckett bending time comes from his 1958 masterpiece Endgame. Although the two main characters in the play, Hamm and Clov, banter with one another painstakingly in the present time, the slowness of the plot gives the characters a pressing need to reach a conclusion, and ultimately death. The play accentuates death and yet, it is not strictly a linear tragedy, where death is waiting in the wings because, ironically, death never comes. Endgame is more of a tragicomedy. The audience must realize that

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    Endgame by Samuel Beckett

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    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 in the Endgame of trying to discover the true reasoning for existence, when he could not find one reason why life exists. Throughout the play, he uses repetitive word usage, symbolism, emptiness seen in the characters to convey this message. The Endgame does not offer a beginning as the first line of the play is

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    Beckett, Brecht and Endgame

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    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, Beckett

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    A Critique of Endgame and Play

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    details each time. “Play” begins with a humorous tone, but with each repetition the story becomes darker and wearier? However, the consistency of that single set makes for a powerful message and keeps the audience in tune and focused. The play “Endgame” opens by initiating the sole mise-en-scene of the play. It is early morning, and Clov has entered a barren room containing two trash cans (covered with an old sheet) and an armchair on casters (also covered with an old sheet). The light of the rising

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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

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    Endgame and Act Without Words Beckett: Endgame Hamm is horrofied at the notion that existence is a recurring matter and therefore is cyclic; that beginnings and endings (60- 62) may be amalgamated in the grand scheme of things and that life will start afresh again. Nevertheless, the contradictions confuse his desires. He is terrified of the flea and rat that Clov finds and wants to exterminate them in case "humanity might start from there all over again," but he also suggests that he

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    Samuel Beckett’s “Endgame” was a book Augustine never had the chance to read, but I would like to shed light on what he would have to say about the never-ending game. Endgame focuses around the idea that beginnings and endings are intertwined, that human existence is cyclical. The numerous stories that are told have death related endings that are one and the same to their beginnings. Beckett was not talking about the physical aspect of the endgame in chess but rather as metaphor to explain other

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    The Pitiful Human Condition Exposed in Endgame, Dumbwaiter, and The Horse Dealer's Daughter The three stories, The Endgame (Beckett), The Dumbwaiter (Pinter), and The Horse Dealer's Daughter (Lawrence) all deal with the themes of repression, repetition, and breakdowns in communication. The stories show us the subjectivity of language and exemplify the complexities of the human condition. Samuel Beckett arrived on earth in Ireland on Good Friday, April 13, 1906. He then spent the

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