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What are the contradictions in Winnie's character? (Happy Days)

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alepou | Student, Undergraduate | Salutatorian

Posted November 13, 2011 at 7:41 PM via web

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What are the contradictions in Winnie's character? (Happy Days)

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wordprof | College Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted November 23, 2011 at 12:30 AM (Answer #1)

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Setting aside the ambiguity of the term "character" with reference to Beckett's stage figures (not psychologically three-dimensional), there are some "contradictions" in Winnie's world, notably the mother vs. wife aspect of her relationship to Willie.  The other glaring "duality" is Winnie's activities vs. her gradual sinking into her mound of sand -- she extracts objects from her bag (a symbol of human meaningless activity) while at the same time giving up on life itself. 

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