Final Exam Book Notes

Final Exam Book Notes - Final Exam Book Notes Samuel...

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Final Exam Book Notes Samuel Beckett Wrote his greatest novels after World War II Waiting for Godot (1952) o Two characters waiting for Godot to come do vaudeville routines to amuse themselves. They speculate throughout the play if he actually will come or not. o People saw it as a modern statement about the condition of humankind. People saw Godot as a metaphor for God and the play was about the futility of religion. Experiments with a minimalist approach to drama o Minimalism in setting and props, and sometimes words Act Without Words I and Act Without Words 2 o No words, completely mime His plays reveal the influence of existentialists o Existentialism: people are not essentially good, bad, kind, or anything else but are what they make of themselves. His central theme in most plays is the search for beliefs that are reasonable and plausible in a fundamentally absurd world, and the plight of individuals who must make their own meanings. Won the Nobel Prize for literature in 1969 Happy Days (1961) o The main character is Winnie, a woman who is buried to her waist and then her neck in a mound of earth. She examines the contents of her bag in detail and talks nonstop about every trivial thing around her. No matter what happens, she believes firmly that this day has been a happy day. o
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