Murphy, Watt, Malone, Molloy, Mahood, Worm

It is hard to look at one work of Samuel Beckett without a knowledge of Beckett’s complete oeuvre. One of the elements that comes back time and time again in his body of work are the letters M and W. What is the reason behind this phenomenon and is this choice linked to other themes in his work. To understand this, the language, or languages, of Becket’s work need to be adressed.

Gilles Deleuze’s “The Exhausted” is pivotal in to understanding of the complexity of Beckett’s body of work. He argues that Beckett’s work consists of three distinct languages. First Language I, which is explained by Deleuze as follows. ”disjunctive, abrupt, jerky, where enumeration replaces propositions and combinatorial relations replace syntactic relations. –a language of names” (7). Beckett’s novels are, according to Deleuze an example of this:Murphy, Watt, Malone, Molloy, Mahood, Worm etcetera.

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