An Animated Introduction to the Absurdist Samuel Beckett

`The necessity of [the] pointless; the richness in the poverty of existence—stripped of its pretense and grand, self-important narratives…. These ideas arise from “the themes of failure that so dominate his work,” says de Botton. Though Beckett resisted interpretation in his own writing, he wrote an early study of Marcel Proust that interpreted the French author’s work as a philosophy of life which rests “on the making and appreciation of art.” Given that this is a School of Life video, this interpretation becomes the favored way to read Beckett. There are many others. But as the title of a 1994 Samuel Beckett reader—I Can’t Go On, I’ll Go On—suggests, every approach to Beckett must somehow try to account for the stubborn intensity of his contradictions…’

Source: Open Culture

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  1. Love it! I have read all of Beckett’s work because of being introduced to Godot in 1957 when the drama club, faculty, and students of Bryn Mawr and Haverford produced and staged it. Also intrigued, later, to find out that Didi and Gogo are, respectively, the Chinese Mandarin words for “little brother” and “big brother” .


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