Samuel Beckett : Theatre Of The Absurd And Beckett 's Use Of The Literary Concept

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Samuel Beckett: Theatre of the Absurd and Beckett’s Use of the Literary Concept Samuel Beckett’s works revolve around human despair and surviving in hopeless situations. His very first critical essay was Finnegans Wake. Much of his work is inspired by French philosophers. One of the most influential philosophers on Beckett was Descartes. Samuel Beckett gained his claim to fame in the writing community when he introduced the concept of absurdity, nihilism, and human despair to find the meaning of life. The brilliant author and playwright, Samuel Barclay Beckett was born in Dublin, Ireland, on April 13th of 1906. Beckett was brought up in a Protestant home to a nurse and a construction worker. Beckett’s family was middle class. He is a well known novelist, playwright, and poet, educated at Portora Royal School and later studied at Trinity College, Dublin. He furthered his education by studying under Irish novelist and poet, James Joyce in Paris, France. The two formed a very personal friendship through their passion for literature. Due to an extensive education, Beckett took on three different literary cultures. These three styles were the French, Irish and Anglo-Irish literary culture. According to anoisewithin.org, “theatre of the absurd” is a term used to depict writing that, “is influenced by existentialism, with the idea that each individual is free and responsible to give meaning to life.” This form of literature portrays that life has no meaning beyond what an

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