Endgame

Endgame: Essays and Questions

1.   What is Theater of the Absurd?In traditional theater, the audience expects a progressive plot, realistic characters and dialogue leading to a resolution. Drama usually concerns a storyline and character development. “Endgame,” however, is not traditional drama. It is a type of avant-garde theater often classified as theater of the absurd. The play does not …

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Endgame: Top Ten Quotes

“I can’t be punished anymore.”  (p. 1)Clov feels comforted that the end of the game is near, and therefore, his misery or punishment will be over. The end of existence equals the end of suffering. “All life long the same questions, the same answers” (p. 5)Clov never sees any progress in life, no final truth. …

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Endgame: Biography

Samuel Beckett was born on April 13, 1906, in Dublin, Ireland, to William Frank Beckett, a civil engineer, and May Barclay, a nurse. The family belonged to the Church of Ireland. In 1919 he attended Portora Royal School in Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, where he excelled at cricket. In Trinity College, Dublin, he studied French, Italian, …

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Endgame: Theme

Death/ the End“Endgame” is about living in an existence always threatened by death. Clovs prologue: “Finished, its finished, nearly finished, it must be nearly finished” (p. 1) refers to the end of the game, the end of life. Hamm too knows it is the end. He says, “it’s time it ended and yet I hesitate …

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Endgame: Metaphors

Game of Chess Beckett was a chess player himself and uses the game of chess as a main metaphor in “Endgame” for the game of life. The metaphor is implied rather than stated. The small room the characters move in is their territory, like the gameboard. Nagg and Nell in the ashcans are the pawns …

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Endgame: Characters

ClovClov is the youngest and only character in the room that can move on his own. He takes care of the others and Hamm’s business. He seems to be a steward of the former estate. Clov does not know why he does what Hamm tells him to do and threatens to leave. He refuses to …

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Endgame: Summary

Beckett, Samuel. “Endgame: A Play in One Act, and Act Without Words.” Translated from the French by the Author. New York: Grove Press, 1958.Summary of PlayIn a dimly lit room with two high windows, curtains drawn, there are two ashbins next to each other covered by a sheet. In the center of the room Hamm, …

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