Endgame Compassion and Forgiveness Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
HAMM What have you done with your bicycle-wheels? CLOV I never had a bicycle. HAMM The thing is impossible. CLOV When there were still bicycles, I wept to have one. I crawled at your feet. You told me to go to hell. Now there are none. (1.67-71)
Can you detect any bitterness in Clov's tone? Is he so used to Hamm's cruelty to him that he is simply reporting the facts or is there a sign that he still holds out hope that Hamm can be sympathetic?
CLOV There's no more pap. HAMM (to Nagg) Do you hear that? There's no more pap. You'll never get any more pap. NAGG I want me pap! (1.85)
Why is Hamm treating his father like a child? Why is his father acting like a child? What has allowed the two to reverse roles, as they do here?
CLOV You shouldn't speak to me like that. (Pause.) HAMM (coldly) Forgive me. (Pause. Louder.) I said, Forgive me. CLOV I heard you. (1.124-126)
Hamm reveals that he is demanding forgiveness, not requesting it. If he does not give Clov a choice, why does he still feel the need to ask for forgiveness?