Samuel Beckett | Critical Essay by Paul Williams

This literature criticism consists of approximately 31 pages of analysis & critique of Samuel Beckett.
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Critical Essay by Paul Williams

SOURCE: Williams, Paul. “Samuel Beckett's Endgame.English Review 11, no. 3 (February 2001): 17.

In the following essay, Williams explores the rejection of God and God's works in Endgame, and underscores humankind's ability and almost eagerness to self-destruct in a nuclear era.

Endgame appears to be set after a nuclear war, although this is only suggested and never made explicit. The characters inhabit a desolate world that is ‘corpsed’ outside the walls of their dwelling, an ‘other hell’ where the earth has been ‘extinguished’. It is a barren place, where the ‘light is sunk’ and the land is immersed in a grey glow. We are told there ‘are no more coffins’ and that the ‘whole place stinks of corpses’. This points us towards the idea that humanity has been virtually wiped out, with...

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