Endgame Essay

1065 words - 5 pages

Beckett is the founder of exploring the meaning of theatrical absurdity. Beckett’s effortless writings over the years, created a unique dramatic persona in his plays that won him the Noble Peace prize. After receiving one of the highest awards known to humanity, he kept a low profile. This period alludes to the satisfaction of reaching his peak. Yet, in his later work, the Endgame makes a direct correlation with the satisfaction of making your peak a plateau. He creates a philosophical predicament in the Endgame of trying to discover the true reasoning for existence, when he could not find one reason why life exists. Throughout the play, he uses repetitive word usage, symbolism, emptiness seen in the characters to convey this message.
The Endgame does not offer a beginning as the first line of the play is already an ending. “Finished, it’s finished, nearly finished it must be nearly finished”, said by Clov to describe death as an ending moment of life (Beckett 767). The irony of beginning the play with the ending it conveys the dark misery of the story. The repetitive usage of the word ‘finished’ throughout this play helps the reader to understand that death was the life everyone looked forward too. “I hesitate to. . .to end. Yes , there it is, it’s time it ended and yet I hesitate to- to end (Beckett 768).” The repetitive word usage creates a vivid meaning that the thought of death keeps the characters alive. The main characters, Clov and Hamm, were both unhappy, but Clov was worst off. One thing that made them feel somewhat reassurance about their miserable lives is the numerous references to ‘Christ’ throughout the play.
“Bare interior. Gray Light...covered with an old sheet, HAMM (Beckett 767).” Aderholt suggested that symbolism used within the description alludes to a ‘dull and saddening setting’ (Aderholt 1). In addition, the old sheets used to cover the furniture give the reader a hypothetical age range of the characters. This age range and setting infers that an unhappy life brings thoughts of death. The adjectives used to describe the mood create picturesque visions of misery and hopelessness.
Clov statement, “he watches his light dying (Beckett 771),” reiterates the view of a melancholy persona. The repetition of describing light and darkness in different contexts throughout the play symbolizes life and death. Even though Hamm was blind, he seemed to be happier than Clov. Hamm states, “he can feel the light on his face, he cleans his glasses as if they were useful to him.” Light is symbolizing minimal hope of life, because even though the blind man cannot see he still has a minuscule amount of life left within him. The play continually elaborates on the death of life itself, which conveys that the thought of death creates feelings of numbness and surpasses the state of unhappiness as the play continues.
Clov and Hamm helped create the story line. Clov desired order of comfort for existence, which is used to cope with his...

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