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Self Estrangement in Samuel Beckett's Existentialism and Theatre

DOI: 10.4304/tpls.1.11.1668-1671

Keywords: Beckett , self estrangement , existentialism

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Samuel Beckett, an outstanding 20th century literary figure, has contributed a lot to solving the existential problems of man through a large number of oeuvre. Being familiar with all philosophical schools of thought and especially a proponent of existential philosophical movement, he was well aware of this school of thought characteristics and its underlying themes, such as anxiety, horror, liberty, the harbinger of death and finally consciousness of existing, a perspective on life that is a quest for the meaning of life and existence. In this search, however, he advocates Kierkegaard and the idea that human beings can be understood only from the inside that is, based on their lived and experienced reality and dilemmas not from the outside employing different branches of science. On this line, via the Theatre of Absurd, he tries to demonstrate man's attempt in his query for his estranged self.

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