This essay also analyzes the application of language and different issues in the highly celebrated play Endgame by Samuel Beckett. Specifically, the representations of the disabled body and the existentialist nature of the play will be reviewed. Passages from the play will be employed throughout the essay to emphasize multiple themes. Particularly, these passages will be used to demonstrate how Beckett used ‘disability’ and his characters in Endgame.The most heartrending episode left uncompleted is the narrative of Hamm. He cannot end it as it is his life’s chronicle, and is apparently to unable to finish it while he is still breathing. Likewise, all Endgame’s characters suffer from a disability one way or another: Hamm is blind and crippled, being locked up to a wheelchair. Clov is not capable of sitting down, and Nell and Nagg are legless and are confined in ash bins. According to Popovich (1972), Beckett’s use of the disabled characters is encouraged by his fascination with the philosophy of Rene Descartes which involves the idea that there is a divide between the body and mind, and that this is only more visible in handicapped people.A further basis is that Beckett thought that the disability of an individual is an embodiment of the incapability of humanity to triumph in the game of luck that everybody should play with their destinies (Boxall 2003). It seems that Hamm’s blindness is his choice somehow. Hamm is rejecting his present and prefers to be blind so he would not be able to act or react. The Thorns of Becketts Endgame in modern or post-modern period.
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