Samuel Beckett | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Robert Wilcher

This literature criticism consists of approximately 15 pages of analysis & critique of Samuel Beckett.
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Critical Essay by Robert Wilcher

SOURCE: Wilcher, Robert. “‘What's It Meant to Mean?’ An Approach to Beckett's Theatre.” Critical Quarterly (summer 1976): 9-37.

In the following essay, Wilcher maintains that in his works, Beckett strives to defy definition and leave the audience/readers disconcerted, yet searching for their own understanding.

Just as the ‘quality of language’ in Proust was more important than ‘any system of ethics or aesthetics’ [according to Beckett], so the quality of an experience in Beckett's theatre becomes more important than any system of ‘meaning’ that might be extracted from the words of the text or from the ‘symbolism’ of the sets, characters, and actions. A dramatic art is created that is ‘symbolic without symbolism’.

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