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Samuel Beckett

Beckett's Not I is a powerful, yet short play. Its only character is a disembodied mouth, which recounts to viewers the tragic story of its life. The voice describes four important events from its...

Latest answer posted January 26, 2019 11:15 pm UTC

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Samuel Beckett

I am not sure that the full meaning of Beckett's quote can be understood without understanding his context as a thinker and writer. Initially, it has to be stated that Beckett is a real complex...

Latest answer posted July 20, 2011 4:18 pm UTC

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Samuel Beckett

That the sole character in Beckett’s Act Without Words I has been thrown into a desert is highly instructive. Alone in a desert without anyone or anything else around, communication of any...

Latest answer posted July 10, 2020 11:57 am UTC

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Samuel Beckett

There is one source for studying all of Beckett’s influences: the definitive biography by James Knowlson, Damned to Fame. (Dierdre Bahr's unauthorized biography has been discredited.) His...

Latest answer posted November 12, 2012 3:50 pm UTC

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Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot is widely considered as a bleak absurdist commentary on grim themes like isolation and futility. Friendship is treated as a respite from the bleakness, as a bit...

Latest answer posted November 16, 2018 9:07 pm UTC

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Samuel Beckett

Endgame is a modernist play because it attends to the major characteristics of modernist theatre which include: 1. A detachment from romantic heroes, emotional plots, extended stories, and sticky...

Latest answer posted November 1, 2009 9:35 am UTC

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Samuel Beckett

Theatre of the Absurd was a style of writing that emerged after the end of WWII, when there was a sudden shock and distancing from the ideals. This style is characterized by an exploration of...

Latest answer posted March 8, 2019 9:45 am UTC

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Samuel Beckett

Let’s first outline the “normal” function of dialogue in a play – 1. exposition; 2: speech acts; 3; registers of emotion; 4: revelation of character; 5: advancement of plot In a normal play, the...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2011 5:17 am UTC

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Samuel Beckett

Let's begin by defining the theatre of the absurd. Popular in the period from 1940 to 1960, plays in this genre explore the absurdity of humanity and human life and tend to present life as...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2021 5:26 pm UTC

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Samuel Beckett

There are a couple of key themes worth considering in a discussion of Beckett's radio play Words and Music, written in 1961 and broadcast the following year. (Let us be sure not to confuse these...

Latest answer posted January 16, 2018 2:04 pm UTC

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Samuel Beckett

The protagonist of Samuel Beckett’s story is a homeless young man who moves in with a woman following a chance encounter. The man had been living in his family home, but after his father’s death,...

Latest answer posted November 18, 2019 8:31 pm UTC

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Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett's very short play (he calls it a "dramaticule"), Come and Go, totals between 121 and 127 words in length (depending upon the translation) and lasts only three minutes when performed....

Latest answer posted September 9, 2011 12:45 am UTC

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Samuel Beckett

Words and Music is seemingly a play that is ultimately about the creative process. The play truly consists of three "characters," though the word can only be used loosely, since the play is...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2018 5:35 pm UTC

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Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett's Act Without Words I and Act Without Words II both present human life as lacking in meaning and prone to dullness and despair. The first play is a mime in which a single man is...

Latest answer posted June 20, 2021 6:43 pm UTC

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Samuel Beckett

More detail is going to help in answering such a question. There is much in way of critical analysis about the play and the reception to it. Some of what you find in the academic community about...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2010 6:03 am UTC

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Samuel Beckett

First, note the difference between the two biographies – Dierdre Bahr’s unauthorized and speculative one that has no scholarly status and arrempts to tie Beckett's life into his work in a clumsy,...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2011 5:44 am UTC

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Samuel Beckett

As has been pointed out many times by Beckett scholars, the novels of Samuel Beckett do not submit to standard literary analysis; that is, plot, character, setting, etc. -- the discernable elements...

Latest answer posted October 25, 2011 3:31 am UTC

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Samuel Beckett

Beckett’s play again pairs the thinking aspect of human existence and the physical, the talker and the listener (see Waiting for Godot and Ohio Impromptu for other examples, although this pairing...

Latest answer posted November 13, 2011 2:27 am UTC

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Samuel Beckett

According to one source, Samuel Beckett's verrry short work, Breath, is the shortest play ever written. It lasts a total of 35 seconds. Typically avant-garde, the curtain opens with a stage covered...

Latest answer posted September 8, 2011 12:38 am UTC

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Samuel Beckett

The power of this play, a metaphor for any reduction of a human being into an object, extends the theatrical metaphor (a Director manipulating an actor through the Assistant) out to political...

Latest answer posted November 25, 2011 5:56 am UTC

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Samuel Beckett

Unhappiness in children's comedy is generally very mild and stems from the human being's basic drive to find humor in other people's misfortune - as long as that misfortune isn't too harmful. At...

Latest answer posted December 15, 2009 7:33 pm UTC

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Samuel Beckett

We start with the occasion that prompted Beckett to write this piece. The occasion was the arrest and imprisonment of Vaclav Havel, 1982, a Czech playwright (who, incidentally, became president of...

Latest answer posted November 22, 2011 4:21 am UTC

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