Date of Award
Master of Arts
The twin poles of eating and excreting which he mentions point up Beckett's preoccupation with the physical over the spiritual, an interest which stands as a clue to tho understanding of his comic vision, the one element which remains constant and at the heart of his writing throughout bis career. At the center of this interest is a theory of comedy best investigated through his relationship to Henri Bergson, the French philosopher and author of Laughter, a theory of the comic. Though there is no concrete evidence of any direct influence on Beckett from Bergson, the incredible similarities in their thinking indicate but a familiarity with Bergson's principles can provide an understanding of the basis of Beckett's seemingly chaotic works.
Walsh, James Ambrose, "The comic vision of Samuel Beckett" (1971). Master's Theses. 1238.