Endgame Questions and Answers
by Samuel Beckett

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What is meant by Nell's statement "Nothing is funnier than unhappiness"?

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"‘‘Nothing is funnier than unhappiness.’’ Though Endgame is dark, there is humor in the play. Clov’s confusion over which items to fetch first and his antics with the ladder could be directly out of a film starring Charlie Chaplin, whom Beckett admired. Commenting on Endgame himself, Beckett identi- fied the phrase ‘‘nothing is funnier than unhappiness’’ as key to the play’s interpretation and performance. "

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