Samuel Beckett - Endgame
(4 Epinions reviews)
Epinions Product Rating:
The World is Meaningless
Jan 31, 2001 (Updated Jan 31, 2001)
Review by destipele
Rated a Helpful Review
Pros:brilliant, genius ideas
Cons:may be confusing, people like plots
The Bottom Line: This is wildly creative, original, and sarcastic. Its genius. Some may not like it because it defies standard convention of play format.
Endgame written by Samuel Beckett in 1957 is an absurdist play that’s general meaning is that everything is meaningless. Beckett wrote during the period following World War II, and thought the world was crazy because everyone was just waiting around to die due to the nuclear and atomic bomb scares of that time. The world, he thought, was meaningless because little kids were being trained to live in fear and hide under desks to avoid nuclear fall out. He called for change in this mixed up world. He saw it all as meaningless and his play attempts to bring that into the minds of people, and change their typical thinking about things. The play is also a change in that it is a backlash of his predecessor’s play.
Recommend this product?
According to absurdist views at this time, man had an unquenchable thirst for knowledge and understanding, but the world is eternally unknowable. It is unknowable because it has no meaning except the one people give it, which is only their personal opinion, and they never know if their own perceptions are correct. The theater of the absurd was set up to show a realistic portrayal of the world, though that world doesn’t really exist. People just have the meaningless world that they’ve created to live in. Its all over before it begins. This is a radical change in thinking on his part.
The play seems to point at several themes. They are: a grand hatred of life, a desire to die, a total lack of values in life, the statement that there has never been any happiness, and the wish to end the compulsion to speak. “All life long the same questions, the same answers,” says Clov (pg. 1179). The characters all live in a repetitive world where they keep doing the same thing, and getting the same results. Nothing is changing. On page 1198, Hamm asks Clov, “Did you ever have an instant of happiness?” Clov responds, “Not to my knowledge”. The characters in this play live in a constant world of despair.
In Beckett's theatrical work, Hamm, Clov, Nagg and Nell have to invent their own worlds, reconstructing the past and deconstructing themselves while Beckett himself reconstructs and deconstructs theater.
Share this product review with your friends
All products listed in my store are authentic original items purchased legally from my authorized distributors.If you feel any item or information inc...
9780571243730 - 0571243738 - Samuel Beckett - MacMillan Higher Education - 09 Edition
In this Readers' Guide, Peter Boxall traces critical responses toWaiting for GodotandEndgamefrom the 1950s to the present day. The guide presents the ...
Store Search search Title, ISBN and Author Beckett Remembering/Remembering Beckett: A Celebration by Samuel Beckett Estimated delivery 3-12 business d...
Store Search search Title, ISBN and Author The Critical Response to Samuel Beckett Estimated delivery 3-12 business days Format Hardcover Condition Br...
Store Search search Title, ISBN and Author Understanding Samuel Beckett by Alan Astro Estimated delivery 3-12 business days Format Paperback Condition...
Buy Endgame and Act Without Words by Samuel Beckett and Read this Book on Kobo's Free Apps. Discover Kobo's Vast Collection of Ebooks Today - Over 3 ...
Store Search search Title, ISBN and Author Selected Works of Samuel Beckett by Samuel Beckett Estimated delivery 3-12 business days Format Boxed Set C...
Store Search search Title, ISBN and Author Ironic Samuel Beckett: Samuel Beckett's Life and Drama: Waiting for Godot, Endgame, and Happy Days by Pol P...
Store Search search Title, ISBN and Author Dream of Fair to Middling Women by Samuel Beckett Estimated delivery 3-12 business days Format Paperback Co...