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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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A strange situation: self-entrapment in Waiting for Godot1

A strange situation: self-entrapment in Waiting for Godot1

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Samuel Beckett and the Primacy of Love

John Robert Keller

Manchester University Press

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

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