[epub pdf] EndgameAuthor Samuel Beckett – Z55z.co

Read for class Beckett is most definitely not for me Oh well Nature has forgotten us There s nonature Nonature You exaggerate In the vicinity But we breathe, we change We lose our hair, our teeth Our bloom Our idealsA play that reads like a poem written in a twisted dream No words Only silence is suitable after this one. Beckett wrote many strange plays, though sometimes the strange is needed to capture an aspect of reality that is, by its very nature, strange, mystical and untouchable Good literature, the very best of literature, makes you think and makes you imagine When you read you put your own design on the book You interpret it The answers are not given to you, you must find them if they are, indeed, wanting to be found Beckett gives you very little I have some ideas about what the play may represent Beckett wrote many strange plays, though sometimes the strange is needed to capture an aspect of reality that is, by its very nature, strange, mystical and untouchable Good literature, the very best of literature, makes you think and makes you imagine When you read you put your own design on the book You interpret it The answers are not given to you, you must find them if they are, indeed, wanting to be found Beckett gives you very little I have some ideas about what the play may represent, but the point is it could resemble a great many things It is not clear It is like looking through a murky glass at an indifferent world that could be our own and not our own With the Endgame it is for you to decideAll life long, the same questions, the same answersAnd I ve decided three things based upon that rather important quote 1 The world is evilUse your head, can t you, use your head, you re on earth, there s no cure for that Hamm dreams of sleep, of being free to run and make love in nature and in the woods The ideas in his mind are better than the reality he faces As such a sense of depression permeates the play, a certain dissatisfaction with everything that is existence The world is not kind It is not always good to use and at our end it leaves us dissatisfied and unfulfilled Very much in the modernist mode, Beckett s words capture the disillusionment that permeates his artistic era and, as ever, he captures it using the brilliance of absurdist theatre 2 The Old world is deadI use the words you taught me If they don t mean anything any , teach me others Or let me be silent Naggs and Nell, the older generation, are kept in trash bins in the corner of the room It s an apt symbol for the death of the old ways, for the old generation, as man moves into the modern world They are incapable of moving forward so they are left to die in misery along with the values of the nineteenth century The two have no pulse and blither about bygone days nobody wants to hear about Their fond memories are mere garbage to their son Hamm He does not care about their lives or their past experiences because they are dead 3 The new world isn t any better because life is absurdNothing really changes but remains perpetually the same The sea, the sky, the stars and the horizon do not differ Civilisation remains forever grey There is no meaning to be found in any of it Hamm and Clov will never represent something or be anything And to think differently is only a delusion A cold detached death is what waits for them, again, a meaningless death against a multitude of souls that have littered the endless dark over the agesHAMM We re not beginning to to mean something CLOV Mean something You and I, mean something Brief laugh Ah that s a good one Nothing is funnier than unhappiness, I grant you that Yes, yes, it s the most comical thing in the world And we laugh, we laugh, with a will, in the beginning But it s always the same thing Yes, it s like the funny story we have heard too often, we still find it funny, but we don t laugh anyPessimism, hopelessness and desperation are what drip maniacally and slowly from the sad words in this play As it progresses, it gets greyer with each line The old world may be dead, though the new one is depressed and unhappy it has no purpose Final ThoughtsBeckett would, however, read my decisions and probably tell me to throw myself into the sea But Beckett s dead and his words were written to elicit a response He knew exactly what he was doing, the comical genius bastard that he was Words do not get cleverer than his Celebrity Death Match Special Endgame versus Secrets of Pawnless EndingsAn almost bare stage containing only an armchair, a table and two garbage cans The armchair is covered in a heavy drape CLOV enters right, carrying a bag, and limps slowly towards the table When he reaches it, he pulls out a chessboard and set He places the board on the table and painstakingly arranges a few pieces on it, examining the position from different angles and adjusting the pieces accordingly Finally, he mov Celebrity Death Match Special Endgame versus Secrets of Pawnless EndingsAn almost bare stage containing only an armchair, a table and two garbage cans The armchair is covered in a heavy drape CLOV enters right, carrying a bag, and limps slowly towards the table When he reaches it, he pulls out a chessboard and set He places the board on the table and painstakingly arranges a few pieces on it, examining the position from different angles and adjusting the pieces accordingly Finally, he moves to the armchair and removes the drape, revealing HAMM, an elderly man wearing dark glasses HAMM Well CLOV I ve set them up We can continue Rook and bishop against rook.HAMM What do you mean CLOV It s an endgame, right HAMM You idiot You don t understand anything, do you CLOVDefensivelyI understand as much as you do Samuel Beckett was a keen chessplayer I can well believe he had this one in mind.HAMM Moron This is a universal metaphor for the human condition, not some piece of games trivia CLOV Look The position is theoretically drawn in almost all practical cases, but White can torture Black for 50 movesNAGGPoking head out of garbage can75 moves NELLMuffled voice from other garbage canNo, FIDE changed it back to 50 moves in 1992 CLOVIgnoring themthough as long as Black knows one of the standard defensive setups, he has nothing to fear Personally, I favor Cochrane s method Though the second rank defense also has many supporters.NAGG If Black dies before reaching the fiftieth move, he forfeits NELL Yes, death ends the game It s important in correspondence matches.HAMM But what has this got to do with Beckett CLOVShrugging his shouldersI admit it nothing.NAGG Nothing NELLWith a hysterical little laughNothing Nothing CLOV So shall we play It ll pass the time.HAMM Why notCurtain No winner announced due to absurdity of existence While I enjoyed reading some of Beckett s other plays, this one didn t work so well for me because I have seen a pretty good production of it, thus without the visuals is just wasn t as good at conveying everything It does contain all his trademarks though sarcasm, absurdism, irony, gallows humour, but something like Waiting for Godot or Happy days I just found worked better It didn t help either that my copy was of a very poor print, which put my tired eyes through the ringer Beckett is ar While I enjoyed reading some of Beckett s other plays, this one didn t work so well for me because I have seen a pretty good production of it, thus without the visuals is just wasn t as good at conveying everything It does contain all his trademarks though sarcasm, absurdism, irony, gallows humour, but something like Waiting for Godot or Happy days I just found worked better It didn t help either that my copy was of a very poor print, which put my tired eyes through the ringer Beckett is arguably the master when it comes to the Theatre of the Absurd , but this one didn t leave its mark like some others However it does reflect Beckett s previous marriage to some extent and demonstrates his great use of dark humour, that no doubt illustrates his genius mind when it comes writing plays of a certain type My youngest daughter took me to see this during the week We had our first beer together prior to the performance in a pub a highly significant moment for a father, obviously, especially here in the land of Oz, the land of the amber fluid.Then a minute ago I read the Wiki article on this play I wanted to be sure it was written post WW2 You see, it is so obviously a post nuclear war play that I would have been very disappointed if it had been written in 1922 or something You know, the way TS My youngest daughter took me to see this during the week We had our first beer together prior to the performance in a pub a highly significant moment for a father, obviously, especially here in the land of Oz, the land of the amber fluid.Then a minute ago I read the Wiki article on this play I wanted to be sure it was written post WW2 You see, it is so obviously a post nuclear war play that I would have been very disappointed if it had been written in 1922 or something You know, the way TSE s line, I ll show you fear in a handful of dust , really ought to be a reference to nuclear war, and yet it just can t be It is very amusing that Beckett would say this isn t about post nuclear war Exactly the sort of thing you would expect him to say.Anyway, this is a comedy about things it should be impossible to find funny If the Irish can claim to have done anything for Western Civilisation, perhaps that is it, to have tried to find ways to get us to laugh about things we really shouldn t laugh at It is, I believe, what helps to form the strange connection I have in my mind between Jews and the Irish Although, perhaps the Irish were lucky enough not to be chosen, not only not chosen, but hardly even picked The mother in this says, Nothing is funnier than unhappiness which is easily the funniest line in the play and also the play s most important line If you are writing a play and can achieve that, you ve done well Like I said, the question here is how do you make a comedy out of this material When all you have are the last people on earth perishing away for want of everything, two of them even actually living in rubbish bins It is probably only possible to think to do this, or even think it necessary to be done, if you are Irish or Jewish.And yet, this is a remarkable play Even the constant farce seems to only heighten the pathos of the thing and bathos too, obviously Looks bad in print Perhaps up on the stage it functions as it should, as bizarro entertainment The stuff is emblematic, yet I cannot help but place him in the company of Lewis Carol in his overenthusiastic use of randomness, meaninglessness, senseless un seriousness Makes me think that the play is an experiment that s just altogether useless. Samuel Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature inhis literary output of plays, novels, stories, and poetry has earned him an uncontested place as one of the greatest writers of our time Endgame, originally written in French and translated into English by Beckett himself, is now considered by many critics to be his greatest single work A pinnacle of Beckett s characteristic raw minimalism, it is a pure and devastating distillation of the human essence in the face of approaching death The title is taken from that stage in chess wherein there are only few pieces so you cannot mate your opponent This is the second play written by Samuel Beckett that I ve read It still felt very much like Waiting for Godot 3 stars with it absurdity, strangeness and at some point senselessness I have been reading the works of Samuel Beckett so I am used to his style and because of it, I still liked this play of his.Unlike Godot however, I had to read the existing reviews of my friends here o The title is taken from that stage in chess wherein there are only few pieces so you cannot mate your opponent This is the second play written by Samuel Beckett that I ve read It still felt very much like Waiting for Godot 3 stars with it absurdity, strangeness and at some point senselessness I have been reading the works of Samuel Beckett so I am used to his style and because of it, I still liked this play of his.Unlike Godot however, I had to read the existing reviews of my friends here on Goodreads because I wanted to get other people s interpretation of the play There is one, and Beckett denied this, that says he thinks that the setting is post nuclear war and I think I d agree with this Maybe Hamm cannot stand up because he and his legless parents Nell and Nagg are crippled because of radiation But can t Clov stand My romantic side at some point during my reading would like me to believe that this is about friendship like Vladimir and Estragon in Godot but here Hamm is consistently critical of Clov as if the later is the former s slave or inferior However, they compliment each other because Hamm cannot stand and Clov cannot sit I have not seen this play on stage so I cannot imagine but if I try to imagine about this, the post nuclear war does enter my mind Fueling to this is the references that there is nothing outside the house and the legless parents are living in a dustbin.I hope to see this play someday An absurd masterpiece13 April 2014 One of the interesting things that I find about Beckett s plays is that he resists the temptation to offer any interpretation to what is going on within the play, or what the play is about In fact he seems to do completely the opposite in actually denying certain interpretations while not offering any reason as to what it is about For instance, when asked if Godot is supposed to be God, his response is no, and asking whether Endgame is set in a post apocaly An absurd masterpiece13 April 2014 One of the interesting things that I find about Beckett s plays is that he resists the temptation to offer any interpretation to what is going on within the play, or what the play is about In fact he seems to do completely the opposite in actually denying certain interpretations while not offering any reason as to what it is about For instance, when asked if Godot is supposed to be God, his response is no, and asking whether Endgame is set in a post apocalyptic world, once again his answer is no However, the title of the play Endgame suggests that this is a play about endings, but not any old endings, but rather an ending in which the protagonist does not want to accept has arrived The term Endgame applies to a part of a game of chess coming, surprisingly, at the end It is suggested by some that at this part of the game the winner has already been defined, however the loser still struggles against all odds in a vain attempt at victory In a way it plays well into this classic example of the theatre of the absurd with the idea of continuing one s existence, and fighting, despite the fact that one has lost and that there is no way out of that existence The main character within the endgame in the play is Hamm, a blind man who cannot stand and is entirely dependant upon his servant Clov who cannot sit While most of Hamm s interactions are with his servant Clov, there is an occasional interaction with Nagg and Nell, Hamm s parents, who are confined to a couple of barrels and it is suggested sometime during the play Nell dies In a way Hamm seems to vainly clasp on to an idea of hope despite the fact that, for him, the end has arrived while Clov, the one who actually holds all of the power, is torn between leaving and staying he desires to leave because Hamm is a demanding and cruel master, but he desires to stay because of his obligation to Hamm I feel that the question of whether the world is post apocalyptic is a moot point because that, I believe, is beyond the scope of the play However, there is the suggestion that there is nothing left everything has gone, which brings us back to the question of whether the world is post apocalyptic This, in a way, plays into the theme of the title in that for those living in a post apocalyptic world the end has arrived, however they are not quite there yet and are fighting a vain battle to not just survive, but to win In another sense, it is a situation that we have brought ourselves into, and in a way we are blind to the fact that we are in that position Then there is the motif of blindness, which is something that Sparknotes doesn t seem to touch upon this is actually a pretty decent website to consider the ideas that come out of various pieces of famous literature In a way, just as the players in the Endgame may be blind to their predicament, Hamm is himself blind to his own predicament He is the king of the piece but he is completely reliant upon Clov, who is the queen Without Clov Hamm is defenceless However he refuses to realise this and continues to push Clov around However Clov is also in the same predicament in that there is nothing outside of the four walls of the room just as there is nothing beyond the chessboard and as such, while Clov may leave, there is nothing for Clov outside of the place Thus for Clov to have any meaning, Clov must be here because, well, Clov is Hamm s servant, and that is the definition that he is given himself without that definition Clov is effectively nothing I recently saw a permformance of this play, and have written up some further and similar thoughts on my blog