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Samuel Beckett

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endgame-samuel-beckettNell, Section 2othing is funnier than unhappiness, I grant you that.Sources:, Encyclopaedia Britannica, Just Play: Becketts Theater by Ruby Cohn, Samuel-Beckett.netCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.DeathDeath is always lurking—in life and in the play.TheaterBeckett highlights the demands of performing in and watching plays.ChessAs in chess, characters move around the king toward the endgame.MotifsHamms sentimental, legless mother with happy memories of the past; lives in trash binNellShabby servant unable to sit; wants to leave Hamm but feels obligated to remainClovCruel, blind tyrant and would-be actor; confined to a wheelchair yet still controls othersHammWhite-faced, legless father of Hamm, easily bribed by treats; lives in trash binNaggMain CharactersAn Irishman who wrote in French, Beckett crafted his most famous playsWaiting for Godot and Endgamewith stripped-down sets and dialogue that explores the absurdity of existence. His later plays were even more spare. He once staged actors in nothing but urns and dressed a set with only an actors mouth visible.SAMUEL BECKETT1906–89AuthorWith no link to the past and no hope for the future, life is a struggle.Search for MeaningWords in the play fail to connect actors, characters, and audience.Work of LanguageThrust together onstage, the characters remain isolated in their own misery.Loneliness & PainEndgame pushes the French tradition of the Theatre of the Absurd to extremes. With characters unable to sit, stand, or escape their trash cans, the plays action is purposefully tedious, and the characterssearch for meaning in endless moments reflects the human condition.It Must Be Nearly FinishedTHEMESFrenchOriginal Language1957First PerformedSamuel BeckettAuthorEndgameDramaPlay

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