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Samuel Beckett and the Primacy of Love$
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John Keller

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780719063121

Published to Manchester Scholarship Online: July 2012

DOI: 10.7228/manchester/9780719063121.001.0001

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No Endon sight: Murphy's misrecognition of love

No Endon sight: Murphy's misrecognition of love

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(p.49) 2 No Endon sight: Murphy's misrecognition of love
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Samuel Beckett and the Primacy of Love
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John Robert Keller

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Manchester University Press
DOI:10.7228/manchester/9780719063121.003.0003

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

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