ENGA11H3 Lecture Notes - Lecture 2: Get Born, Dover Beach, Speedstep

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Consciousness has shifted when moving from age of enlightenment to age of anxiety to age of depression. Great chain of being (up to the 16th century: suicide shunned upon because it broke this chain, transcendent power controlling all under it, hierarchical complementarity -> god down to insects. Not supposed to move out of your place; born into your place. Hierarchy & complementarity are perpendicular to each other. Goal is to be saved, not damned. Born into the place where you should be. Murderer who smiles after killing: world/word = object / symbol. I(cid:374) la(cid:374)guage, sig(cid:374)ifier do(cid:374)"t (cid:373)ea(cid:374) a(cid:374)(cid:455)thi(cid:374)g u(cid:374)less i(cid:374) relatio(cid:374) to other sig(cid:374)ifiers. Samuel beckett (cid:449)rote a pla(cid:455) a(cid:271)out (cid:374)othi(cid:374)g; does(cid:374)"t (cid:373)ea(cid:374) a(cid:374)(cid:455)thi(cid:374)g. Characters are lost (like vladimir and estragon) There is no why because there is no plot. Estrago(cid:374) tries e(cid:448)er(cid:455)thi(cid:374)g to take his (cid:271)oot off, (cid:271)ut he (cid:272)a(cid:374)"t so the(cid:374) he sa(cid:455)s (cid:374)othi(cid:374)g to (cid:271)e done. Postmodern statement of (cid:862)to (cid:271)e or (cid:374)ot to (cid:271)e(cid:863)

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