Theatre of the Absurd in Endgame (Proposal)

General Background
Samuel Barclay Beckett was born in Dublin in 1906, the son of a quantity surveyor. Like Shaw, Wild, and Yeats he came from the Protestant Irish middle class and later he lost his faith, brought up “almost a Quaker” as he himself put it. According to EsslinBeckett’s absorption with problem of the being and identity of the self might have emerged from the Anglo-Irishman’s inexorable and constant concern with finding his own answer to the question “who am I?” (Esslin 29-30). In Cambridge Introduction to Samuel Beckett McDonald discusses that the key to understand Beckett according to his friend and doctor Geoffrey Thomson, was his close relationship with his mother. She was both loving and overbearing, perceptive and strict, and Beckett’s love-hate relation with his mother is at the center of his extreme feeling of anxiety and guilt. Even though Beckett declares that he have no “religious feeling”, he mentioned that his mother was “deeply religious.” Many biblical allusions in his work may derive from this influence. In addition Beckett describes his childhood as being often lonely which we see loneliness, solitude, alienation would become recurrent themes in his later works (McDonald 7). McDaniel argues that Samuel writing is very puzzling also there was no absolute interpretation and ending. However Endgame is a unique masterpiece “with an intricate dramatic structure that runs contrary to traditional theatrical structure.” Beckett chooses his words carefully, and the nature of the dialogue is circular. The language that Beckett uses shows the hazardous balance between “cognition and bewilderment.” Then he continues to discuss thatthe breakdown of language demonstrates the breakdown of the ability of characters to perceive the world around them.Endgame's structure breaks from the theory that shaped centuries of dramas and tragedies. Beckett's use of dramatic motivation is also


very little. In traditional drama, a character's motivations...