In many ways, Beckett is a deeply political writer, but his politics are that of the body. In all his writings the body is broken, disembodied, imprisoned, isolated, absent.
Yet his characters continue to speak, defying the silence that surrounds them. In Beckett, even the dead have voices.
Beckett may have been described as a European existentialist who created hymns to “nothingness”. What he was was an Irish pagan who celebrated the human spirit of endurance and resistance.
Waiting for Godot (image acknowledgement)
On the playwright’s birth centenary Sinead Kennedy offers a somewhat unorthodox re- assesment of Marxist perspectives on Samuel Beckett, best known for his play Waiting for Godot: