Endgame Essays

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • Endgame and Act Without Words

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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

  • Pitiful Human Condition Exposed in Endgame, Dumbwaiter, and The Horse Dealer's Daughter

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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

  • Nothingness Is Death

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    Samuel Beckett's Endgame highlights the concept of existentialist philosophy. Existentialist philosophy underlines the isolation of the individual experience in an apathetic universe. It emphasizes on the unexplainable and purposelessness of human existence and accentuates on free of choice. In Europe during the 1960s, the rise of Theater of the absurd gave plot to existentialism. Endgame reflects almost every aspect of existentialism. Samuel Beckett offers in this play a stark, spare representation

  • Beckett's Endgame

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    Beckett's Endgame While Beckett’s works are often defined by their existentialist themes, Endgame seems to offer no solution to the despair and melancholia of Hamm, Clov, Nagg, and Nell. The work is replete with overdetermination that confounds the efforts of critics and philosophers to construct a single, unified theme for the play. Beckett resisted any effort to reconcile the problems of his world, offer solutions, or quench any fears overtly. However, this surface level of understanding

  • The Tobacco Endgame

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    In the article "The Tobacco Endgame: Is It Possible?" written by Thomas E. Novotny, published by PLOS Medicine, explores many of the current ongoing developments and global prevention strategies to reduce and ultimately eliminate the use of tobacco worldwide. Novotny argues that the current status quo on the reduction of tobacco use is insufficient and must "require something new, bold, and completely different from what is currently in place" (Novotny, 2015) in order to end the menace of tobacco-related

  • Undecidability in Becket's The Endgame

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    This paper aims to study postmodern element of undecidability in Samuel Becket's Endgame. As Butler and Davis holds, "What is different about Becket is not that he provokes a critical response ... but the protean, open-ended, 'undecidable' and inexhaustible quality of the challenge he offers" (168). Endgame like Becket's other plays is in a way that, as Wittgenstein notes, is nothing more than "language play" between characters and although there are some minor actions there are not in such a way

  • Codependency in Samuel Beckett's Endgame

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    Codependency in Samuel Beckett's Endgame "Clov asks, "What is there to keep us here?" Hamm answers, "The dialogue."" In the play Endgame, Samuel Beckett demonstrates dramatically the idea of codependency between the two focal characters who rely on each other to fulfill their own physical and psychological needs. Beckett accomplishes this through Hamm, who assumes the identity of a kingly figure, and his relationship with Clov, who acts as his subject. In Endgame, this idea is established by

  • Comparing the Absurd in The Metamorphosis and Endgame

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    The Absurd in The Metamorphosis and Endgame The Bedford Glossary of Critical and Literary Terms defines the Absurd as “A phrase referring to twentieth-century works that depict the absurdity of the modern human condition, often with implicit reference to humanity’s loss or lack of religious, philosophical, or cultural roots. Such works depict the individual as essentially isolated and alone, even when surrounded by other people and things.” (Murfin 2) Franz Kafka and Samuel Beckett were two

  • Power Play in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame

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    Power Play in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame In a shelter devoid of sunlight and laughter, the family in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame all struggle to find their niches within their world. Central to the play physically and emotionally, Hamm has the ability to make the others revolve around him. Clov, physically the healthiest in the family, has a power that even Hamm could not define until very late in the play. Nagg and Nell, the elderly parents of Hamm, hold the power of memories. Although some characters

  • Comparing Synge’s Riders to the Sea and Beckett’s Endgame

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    Synge’s Riders to the Sea and Beckett’s Endgame 1 1 Introduction Riders to the Sea by John Millington Synge (1904) and Endgame by Samuel Beckett (1958) show many similarities despite the eventful half a century that passed between their years of publication. The similar elements (the setting, the relation of the characters to the outside world, etc., related in detail in the next section) seem to create an atmosphere in both works that is fit for the creation of a new

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

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    lie for those in it? This is the question that often comes to mind while 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

  • Marxism and Existential Nihilism: An Analysis of Political Intention in Samuel Beckett’s Endgame

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    Samuel Beckett’s Endgame is a complex analysis of politics in a seemingly apolitical and empty world. As Hamm and Clov inhabit the aftermath of Marxism, they display characteristics of the bourgeoisie and proletariat respectively, but only retain them so they can define themselves as something. The work implicitly argues- through the setting, and by defining Hamm and Clov as the bourgeoisie and proletariat- that political platforms are simply human rationalizations in futile opposition to a meaningless

  • Romanticism And Industrialization

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    then witnessed World War I and finally, the course touched upon Samuel Beckett’s Endgame which shows the changes that occurred in daily life post-war. Within a short amount of time the views of mankind and its beliefs drastically changed. It also seems that all that was studied from the Enlightenment onwards are pieces of a very big puzzle. Each piece fits snuggly and creates one big picture that ends with Beckett’s Endgame. Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein highly embr... ... middle of paper ... ...the