Historical Significance in Beckett's 'Endgame' Analytical Essay

Historical Significance in Beckett's 'Endgame'
This paper discusses the significance or irrelevance of historical context in Samuel Beckett's 'Endgame' and 'Rough for Theatre 1'.
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Published on Mar 29, 2011 in Drama and Theater (World) , Sociology (General) , History (General)

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In this article, the writer looks to 'Endgame' and 'Rough for Theatre I' to expound Beckett's themes of absurdity, futility, and interdependency of relations with the self. The writer thus highlights the near insignificance of historical context in relation to the interpretation of Samuel Beckett's early plays. The writer concludes that 'Endgame' and 'Rough for Theatre I' are deeply subjective studies of the self as it tries to survive yet another day in a world that has ceased to make sense.

From the Paper:

"Similarly, Endgame tells the story of interdependent characters trying to get through yet another day. The main protagonists are fed up with their daily existence and pray for the end to come soon. Whether due to their circumstance or not, Hamm has become, or always was, tyrannical, sadistic, and cruel to the others. The subordinate Clov constantly obeys Hamm whilst constantly threatening to leave - which he never does. Nagg and Nell are utterly dependant on Hamm for their subsistence and comfort, and are completely dominated by their cruel son. Thus Beckett has set the scene for a deeply introspective study of the self to be revealed before his audience. Every level of social relations the self conducts with any 'Other' is laid bare in Endgame. The self's relationship with his/her lover, spouse, parent(s), colleagues or neighbors is examined, leaving an awkward feeling of intrusion in the audience. Whether Beckett is revealing the perpetual co-dependency of his relationship with his wife Suzanne, or that of his working relationship with Joyce, the end result is the same, for the same elements are found in the nucleus of every relationship. "

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Beckett, Samuel 2006 The Complete Dramatic Works London: CPI Bookmarque
  • Esslin, Martin 1965 Theatre of the Absurd London: Cox & Wyman
  • Adorno, Theodor W. 1982 Trying to Understand Endgame New German Critique, No. 26, Critical Theory and Modernity, pp. 119-150
  • Pearson, Nels C. 2001 "Outside of Here It's Death": Co-Dependency and the Ghosts of Decolonization in Beckett's "Endgame" ELH Vol. 68, No. 1, pp. 215-239
  • Pilling, John 1994 The Cambridge Companion to Beckett London: Cambridge University Press

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