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Endgame" is written in the unique style associated with Samuel Beckett's works- a minimalist, distressing piece of work about isolation, death, and language

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  • Submitted: 20/06/2006
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EN1021, Reading Literature

"Endgame" is written in the unique style associated with Samuel Beckett's works- a minimalist, distressing piece of work about isolation, death, and language. The play is an absurdist drama and has also been described as a comedy, despite the disturbing themes presented in the opening passage, such as the circular and repetitive nature of life and the meaninglessness of human existence. Beckett uses many different devises to make the play extremely effective in a performance such as a simple, bare setting; frequent silences and dark lighting.

The plot of "Endgame" is continuous, unbroken by separate scenes or acts showing that the character's lives consist of a long pattern of ceaselessly repeating events. One of the major themes is that life is a circular existence without a definite beginning or ending, and so Beckett creates a repetitive, meaningless existence for his characters. The play's title refers to the final stage in a game of chess, the moves that lead to one player defeating the other, and Clov's blunt statement which opens the play, suggests that some sort of end or defeat is near, "finished, it's finished, nearly finished." His lack of emotion

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