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Endgame

Endgame

by Samuel Beckett

Philosophical Viewpoints: The Absurd Quotes

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Quote #7

CLOV
What about a pee?
HAMM
I'm having it.
CLOV
Ah that's the spirit, that's the spirit. (1.360-362)

In what ways do bodily functions become a source of hope and entertainment in the play? Is Clov being sincere when he cheers Hamm on or does it seem as if he is half-joking?

Quote #8

HAMM(gloomily)
Then it's a day like any other day.
CLOV
As long as it lasts.
(Pause.)
All life long the same inanities. (1.479-480)

Do Hamm and Clov choose to suffer the same inanities or do they not have a choice? Is there a different way that they could view their situation or not? Is there a possibility of change?

Quote #9

HAMM
Crawling on his belly, whining for bread for his brat. He's offered a job as gardener. Before—
(Clov bursts out laughing.)
What is there so funny about that?
CLOV
A job as a gardener!
HAMM
Is that what tickles you?
CLOV
It must be that.
HAMM
It wouldn't be the bread?
CLOV
Or the brat.
(Pause.)
HAMM
The whole thing is comical, I grant you that. What about having a good guffaw the two of us together?
CLOV(after reflection)
I couldn't guffaw today. (1.600-607)

How does this scene reveal that Clov has a better sense of humor than Hamm? What is it about absurdity that Hamm just doesn't get? Could this be part of the reason Hamm keeps Clov around – that Clov reminds him how to lighten up?

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