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Happy Days | Study Guide

Samuel Beckett

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Winnie, Act I hat is what I find so wonderful. The way manadapts himself. To changing conditions. Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, The Guardian, The New York Times Copyright © 2018 Course Hero, Inc. Willie’s Pants Show Winnie’s regardfor Willie Winnie’s Revolver Implies that someone will die in the end Winnie’s Black Shopping Bag Represents distractionsfrom the present situation Symbols Winnie 50-year-old optimist buried in sand; muses on past loves, loss, her wedding, and other happy memories; plays with her bag's contents; tries to talk to Willie about mundane things Willie Childish, suicidal 60-year-old man; lives in a hole in the ground; needs his wife to tell him not to enter the hole headfirst; crawls back to his wife in formal clothes at the end Main Characters Beckett was an Irish playwright who wrote primarily in French and used bizarre situations to explore the pain of being human. Outside of his writing, Beckett led an interesting life, including fighting in the Resistance during World War II. He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969. SAMUEL BECKETT1906–89 Author Back in the scene, Willie crawls toward the revolver before the play ends. Will He or Won’t He? Willie disappears, and Winnie discovers she's up to her neck in sand. Increasingly Desperate Winnie occupies herself with the contents of her bag, which include a revolver. Trapped but“Happy” In a harsh climate where it is always day, Winnie is buried up to her waist in sand. She claims each day is a “happy day” and is thankful for the presence of her husband, Willie, and her shopping bag’s contents. As her situation deteriorates, Winnie becomes more frantic to stay “happy.” Is HappinessPossible TheseDays? OVERVIEW French Original Language 1961 Year Published Samuel Beckett Author Happy Days Drama Play

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