Monday, August 27, 2012


Beckett runs circles around his mind and the readers. I feel his self reflectiveness is personal yet at the same time universal in this piece. "Company" reflects the edge of insanity, and is the result of what would happen if one could not escape the thoughts that can so easily become personified. The voices we all create for ourselves can consume the mind even in the simplest of contemplations, questioning everything we think. With each challenge to a thought comes a new voice. This process then continues, slowly slipping into paranoia, but we have the power to snap out of it, to come back to awareness of the self both physically and  mentally. "Company" never stops this process until the end line of "Alone."

The world of internal repetitious thought is pushed to the edge of sanity until the tangible self is gone, lost, estranged. The truth in the acknowledgement made of being alone in "Company" is what makes it beautiful. The fact that everyone comes into the world alone and ultimately dies alone is a most truthful and complete recognition of the self.

 The way Beckett writes "Alone" at the end is profound in its finality, its acceptance of self and only self. "Alone" is neither entirely positive or negative, but one of relief in the fact that truth is found. Still, it may be regrettable to have found it. There is a sense of death in this finality. Possibly not a physical death, but a death that results when an acknowledgment is made. At the time of admission, acceptance, a part of yourself dies, changes form. Any truth can be fought, but once it is unearthed perspectives changes. 

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