That there is not a whole lot of compassion and forgiveness in Endgame. For the most part, the characters are extremely cruel to one another. Hamm bosses Clov around constantly and curses his father for giving birth to him. Clov, when he does not actually leave Hamm, makes up for it by being insubordinate in all sorts of sly ways. There is one openly compassionate relationship in the play – that of Nagg and Nell. All the cruelty in the play raises the question of where the good has gone and why the characters are behaving in this way.
There is no real compassion in Beckett's play. The moments where the characters seem to be acting kindly toward one another can always be traced back to personal, ulterior motives.
There is a great deal of compassion in Endgame. Though the characters often speak cruelly to one another, their actions suggest that their cruelty masks their vulnerability and they actually long for real human relationships.