Study Guide

Endgame Writing Style

By Samuel Beckett

Writing Style


Beckett is known for bringing in a movement known as "minimalism" to both theater and prose. As we discuss in the "In a Nutshell," minimalism means that an author keeps word use to, well, a minimum, while trying to get the maximum significance out of what little dialogue there is. Beckett's dialogue, his short, clipped banter, is carefully crafted – drafted over many times, each word chosen with care – to say a lot in a little.