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Suzanne fled into the unoccupied zone. After a tortuous ordeal traveling incognito
through occupied territory,
in the Vaucluse. This trip and the period waiting out the war in Roussillon was the
crucible out of which all of Beckett's post-war writing came.11
suggestion that some widespread catastrophe has occurred and the "room" in
which the play is set is some sort of bunker where there is refuge. An important
component of the cosmology of ENDGAME is centered on this sense of a safe
"inside" in opposition to a dangerous "outside."
account for in his writing except that, it is doubtful that he engaged in his resistance
activity with any sort of optimism. He was probably more haunted by the despair
that he saw around him and the hopelessness of resisting the Nazis than filled with
any sense of accomplishment for what he did contribute.12
confession in Hamm, as if Beckett had collaborated or even been involved directly
with perpetrating the horrors of World War Two.
the characters who became Hamm and Clov were clearly drawn as two French
soldiers who were hiding out during the First World War. This is eventually
paired down to the point that there is little or no indication of specific period or
occupation for the characters.
ENDGAME and the last forty eight hours of Adolf Hitler's life in his bunker in