Endgame Study Guide


Endgame by Samuel Beckett

Endgame is an absurdist play that follows Hamm, a decrepit old man, Clov, his servant, Nagg, Hamm's father, and Nell, Hamm's mother. The four lead a miserable existence together in a post-apocalyptic world, trapped in Hamm's house and playing out the same scenarios day after day. Nagg and Nell are trapped in a dustbin as Clov does his best to appease the cantankerous Hamm. Their seemingly ridiculous antics muse on the cyclical nature of life, loneliness, and human compassion.

Endgame Book Notes