A strange situation: self-entrapment in <i>Waiting for Godot</i><sup>1</sup>

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:
A strange situation: self-entrapment in Waiting for Godot1

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This chapter is concerned with the relationships formed between the tramps, between Lucky and Pozzo, and between the two couples. It explores some themes of starvation and failure in the nursing bond and considers the dominant relationship between an absent, alluring, and withholding Godot-as-mother and an unwell infantile self. This chapter considers the anxieties that are created by the absence of maternal recognition and the important aspects of early object relations that are organized around an experience of absent love.

Keywords: nursing bond; starvation; failure; infantile self; anxieties; maternal recognition; early object relations; absent love

Chapter.  16997 words. 

Subjects: Literary Studies (20th Century onwards)

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