Samuel Beckett

Polina Strich
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Mind Map on Samuel Beckett, created by Polina Strich on 05/09/2014.

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Samuel Beckett
1 1906: Born in Dublin (happy childhood)
2 Modern Language @ Trinity College
3 1928: moves to Paris where he worked at a school
4 There he met Joyce and wrote a book about Marcel Proust
5 Abbandoned University and started to travel through Europe
6 Durinh WW2 was forced to flee with his French wife
7 Became french citizen
8 After the end of the WW2 went back to Ireland to see her mother but then returned to France
9 1953: "Waiting fot Godot" is performed in Paris = extraordinary success
10 1969: Nobel Prize for Literature awarded
11 1989: Died
12 DRAMATIST OF THE ABSURD
12.1 however differed from other representatives of the genre
12.1.1 while Ionesco's plays are dfined as laughable and irrational, ridiculation od the middle class and absurd = surreal
12.1.2 Bcekett's plays are more philosophical, tragic at times. Nothing incredible happens. He focuses on the human being (detaching any political circumstances)
12.1.3 new kind of drama
13 human condition after post-war years
14 THEMES
14.1 man's attempt to give life a meaning
14.1.1 monotony of life given by the repetition of the same word
14.2 purpose to existence
14.3 isolation of the individual
14.4 gulf between our inner self and language (express our desires...)
15 NO PLOT, CHARACTERISATION AND FINAL DENOUEMENT
16 CHARACTERS = SYMBOLS OF THE HUMAN CONDITION
16.1 marked by loneliness and lack of communication
16.2 NO HOPE
16.2.1 even if they attempt to change their condition
17 LANGUAGE AND STYLE
17.1 major works in French
17.2 deliberately simple
17.2.1 short sentences
17.3 everyday speech
17.4 basic and concrete
17.4.1 hidden meanings, allusions and symbols
17.4.1.1 illogical and absurd world
17.5 PRCISE STAGE DIRECTION
17.5.1 guide to every small gesture, expressions and body languag
17.5.1.1 fills much of the script to his works
17.6 HUMOUR AND COMIC
18 Waiting for Godot
18.1 protagonists: Vladimir and Estragon
18.1.1 trapped: don't know how to make time pass
18.2 Godot
18.2.1 enigmatic figure they have never met before, don't know if he will come, don't know he looks like but they are waiting for him/it
18.2.1.1 promising message from Godot
18.2.1.1.1 "Can't come tonight, but definitly will come tomorrow"
18.2.2 Who is? Nobody knows
18.2.2.1 different interpretations
18.2.2.1.1 God
18.2.2.1.2 Charlie Chaplin = Charlot
18.2.2.1.3 answer to all our questions
18.2.2.1.4 symbol of death
18.3 V. and E.(desperate) try to hang themselves, but don't have enough energy
18.4 childish games = contribute to sense of light-heartedness
18.4.1 past and memories = confused / future = doesn't exist
18.5 no real conclusion

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