Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Endgame- Samuel Beckett

Frankly, I am not a big fun of Beckett but I kind of like ‘endgame’. The whole game makes the reader think about pros and cons of leaving and staying. It also attracts attention to even more psychological issue; easy to leave but difficult to stay. The complexity and irony occurs between these two sharp feelings. The characters can neither stay nor leave. Furthermore, even though the play starts very slow later it gets overloaded by circular dialogs. Therefore, it is easy to get lost in similar conversations. I also find Nagg’s and Nell’s act quite useless and meaningless. It is hard to comprehend why they even exist in the game. Without them (just Hamm and Clov) the whole game would be more satisfactory for the reader.

In conclusion, the whole game was very powerful by itself. At the end, there are very touchy scenes in which is hard not to cry.  Especially I got very emotional when Hamm wanted to open the window and hear the ocean in search of hope or for a sign of life.  That is exactly how I feel when I am stuck at the end of the game of chess. I definitely suggest everybody to read this short play. It points out very psychological issues; staying or leaving, die or live.

If you would like to read this a very thriving act- play written by Samuel Beckett here is the link:

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