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1… Samuel Beckett | Stalker Chronicles

1… Samuel Beckett

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Absurdist Theatre

in the Style of Samuel Beckett

“We are all born mad. Some remain so.”
–Waiting for Godot

The first chapter of “The Stalker Chronicles” was inspired by Samuel Beckett and the genre of Absurdist theatre. Characteristics of this style include stark minimalism, abstract language, and often times a bleak outlook on human nature. Below is a deeper look into the distinguishing qualities that represent Samuel Beckett.



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“I can’t go on.” / “Go on.”

“Nothing to be done.” / “Here we are again.”

“Shall we go?” / “Yes, we shall go.”

“Don’t touch me.” / “Don’t speak to me.” / “Stay with me.”



Born on Good Friday, April 13, 1906, near Dublin, Ireland, Samuel Beckett was raised in a middle class, Protestant home. He graduated from Dublin’s Trinity College in 1927 and soon after settled in Paris, where he assisted his friend, James Joyce in the writing of what would eventually be Finnegan’s Wake. It was in Paris where Beckett began to publish short stories and the novel Murphy. During World War II, he joined the French Resistance before being forced to leave Paris. Once the war ended, Beckett returned and wrote some of his most important works in his non-native language (French), including Molloy, Malone Dies, Endgame, and his most well-known play, Waiting for Godot. Much of his work focuses on the absurdity of human existence and he is considered a key writer in what was to be later coined as Theatre of the Absurd. Samuel Beckett was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1969 for his extensive work that includes novels, essays, poems and plays. He is considered one of the most important European writers of the 20th century and has had a major influence on modern literature.


Further Reading

Samuel Beckett

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Samuel_Beckett
Literary Encyclopedia: http://www.samuel-beckett.net/speople.html
The Samuel Beckett Society: http://www.ua.ac.be/main.aspx?c=*SBECKETT&n=22071

Theatre of the Absurd

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Theatre_of_the_Absurd
Theatre database: http://www.theatredatabase.com/20th_century/theatre_of_the_absurd.html


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