Essay about Analysis Of Samuel Beckett 's ' The Hollow '

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Samuel Beckett’s treatment of characters reveals that the “ditch” is not too far away. First, all the characters are static, meaning they don’t change over the course of the play. They are, “nothing more than a little heap of bones,” all the way from the beginning until the end. First, each of the individuals are pitiful slobs, cowards, and narcissists who lack all forms of competence. Their character, or lack thereof, shows no self-respect. The constant gestures to the, “rags” Vladimir and Estragon wear are indicative enough of their current situation. The two obviously have no notion of cleanliness: they “stink of garlic,” and wait on the side of a dusty road, “[wiping] carrot[s] on [their] sleeves,” and, “spitting.” The pair have grown so accustomed to their own “muck” that simply getting them to, “pull on [their] trousers,” is a struggle. Alas, if there is, “nothing to be done,” about the upsetting existential issues facing their feeble minds, it should come as no surprise that they fail to keep themselves clean, despite their best efforts to not, “neglect the little things in life.” Next, Vladimir and Estragon’s pitiful cowardice becomes apparent with their constant, “mewling and puking.” With only the slightest, “wind in the reeds,” both Vladimir and Estragon find themselves, “clutching,” at each other’s arms, “tottering,” and, “huddling.” The laughable panic of the two bafoons caught in the crossfires of a rustling bush is awfully comedic, as this pusillanimity is…

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