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Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett - most of his work • First published play...

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Samuel Beckett Straddled two literary cultures: Irish & Anglo-Irish French philosophers (Descartes) exerted a strong influence on his work Took up cause of the French Resistance in WWII Trilogy: Molloy, Malone Dies, and The Unnamable o About men who have become disaffected with society and who have strange and compelling urgencies to be alone and to follow exacting and repetitive patterns of behavior o They are archetypes of the kinds of protagonists the Beckett created in
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Unformatted text preview: most of his work • First published play was Waiting for Godot • Experimented with mime plays • Deeply influenced by philosophy that “people are not essentially good, bad, kind, or anything else but are what they make of themselves” • His adaptation of existentialism borders on pessimism • He is antirealist • The search for beliefs in an absurd world and the plight of individuals who must make their own meanings is central to most his work...
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