by Samuel Beckett
Endgame Philosophical Viewpoints: The Absurd Quotes
How we cite our quotes: Citations follow this format: (Act.Line). Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue.
What about a pee?
I'm having it.
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?
Then it's a day like any other day.
As long as it lasts.
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?
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?
A job as a gardener!
Is that what tickles you?
It must be that.
It wouldn't be the bread?
Or the brat.
The whole thing is comical, I grant you that. What about having a good guffaw the two of us together?
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?