No Endon sight: Murphy's misrecognition of love

John Robert Keller

in Samuel Beckett and the Primacy of Love

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print December 2002 | ISBN: 9780719063121
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781700297 | DOI:
No Endon sight: Murphy's misrecognition of love

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This chapter examines the centrality of the initial experiences of the development of a secure inner world. It shows that these experiences allow the self to involve others in a productive and living fashion. It explains how Murphy's fantasy of mind demonstrates his feeling of not being a part of a secure and loving world. It then determines how his regressive, despairing retreat was triggered. Finally, the chapter discusses Murphy's last days and his most important attempt to connect to a maternal figure in the guise of Mr. Endon, a psychiatric patient.

Keywords: inner world; maternal figure; initial experiences; involving others; retreat

Chapter.  18571 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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