Samuel Beckett | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by J. D. O'hara

This literature criticism consists of approximately 4 pages of analysis & critique of Samuel Beckett.
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Critical Essay by J. D. O'hara

In English the Irish are the great sentimentalists. The dour Scots, the babbling Welsh, and the destiny-laden English are not in it for sheer heart-wringing sentiment, the chuckle that stops short in a sob, the tear in the sparkling eye. Pause now for an ad hoc definition: sentimentality emphasizes not the racking passions—snarling hatred, implacable resentment, love that makes the heart leap in its bone-cage—no, not those, but the retrospective melancholy of sweet love lost, life's intensity cooled, chances missed and the road not taken, the living backwards with one's wet eye fixed on what might have been, with the absurd conviction that what can never come again was unutterably valuable … ah there! and ah then! Paradise lost, in short, with the addition offered by Samuel Beckett, that the only...

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