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Die Heuning Pot Literature Guide
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Quote #10

HAMM
You don't want to abandon him? You want him to bloom while you are withering? Be there to solace your last million last moments?
(Pause.)
He doesn't realize, all he knows is hunger, and cold, and death to crown it all. But you! You ought to know what the earth is like, nowadays. Oh I put him before his responsibilities! (1.799)

If existence is suffering then is bringing a child into the world an act of tyranny? What does Hamm suggest the father knows that his young son would not? Why might Clov's father still have brought him to Hamm? Would it have been better if he did not?

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