This emptied heart: Watt's unwelcome home

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:
This emptied heart: Watt's unwelcome home

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This chapter takes a look at the early scenes that reflect failed psychic birth, such as the actual birth of Larry Nixon and Watt's arrival into the fiction. The chapter first presents a detailed reading of Arsene's speech to Watt; this speech suggests initial anxiety situations. It then discusses Watt's stay in the house. This section also considers the absence of emotional connection between the two characters, and Watt's reaction to the failed attempt at forming a primary attachment. The chapter concludes with a section on the different symbols that suggest early maternal failure, disruptions in nurturing, and Watt's need for control by alternative maternal figures.

Keywords: psychic birth; Watt; anxiety situations; emotional connection; primary attachment; early maternal failure; nurturing; maternal figures

Chapter.  19285 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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