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Chapter 1-5

ENGA11H3 Chapter Notes - Chapter 1-5: Cultural Hegemony, Perfect Machine, Miguel Street

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Chapter 1 Warnings of World War Two after such knowledge what forgiveness
Writers after world war one feel that an essence has been corrupted
The idea that first there was an essence we come to a knowledge of essence
Essence is the alibi of existence
W.H Auden in memory of W.B Yeats
There is no message beyond self-assertion and self-promotion
Poetry is a language to catch experiences and feelings that would pass unnoticed
Poetry makes a silence that transcends the roar of the market, so we can actually hear ourselves and
Poetry makes noting happen, but it survives everything that happens
Poetry begins in the valley of its making where executives would never want to tamper
Profit is always at someone else’s expense
It is easier to generate the feeling of direction then consider the confusion of existence
Technology was a way of thinking
Another war to end all wars
Hitler capitalized on the myth of innovation and progress
Technology infiltrates human existence more intimately then anything humans could create
Technology is in essence a mode of thinking that brings about a particular experience of human
Chapter 2 Waiting for Godot in “this world became provisional”
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This is a play where the dialogue of the characters revolves around the fact that they can’t seem to find
anything to talk about
Vladimir is happy to see Estragon, but Estragon is always indifferent to Vladimir
Whatever lucky says immediately qualifies that there is nothing left to make sense of
Language and desire appear to be intrinsically political in the sense that they are a symbol system we
employ in our attempt position ourselves relative to others and our surroundings
Corruption is inextricable from systems of justice and that there is never one without the other
Morality is what ensures that everything is waiting which also means more time to wait
Beckett introduces the idea that the quality of effort is more important than any possible imagined
outcome because these outcomes are narrative effects
The play doesn’t mean anything because it is about meaning
It is easier for the characters to convince themselves that Godot will come tomorrow instead of realizing
that he might never come at all
The meaning of life is you wondering what your life means
It helps you in distinguishing what the difference is between waiting and doing
Waiting for Godot is a play designed to make the circular reasoning impossible
Three interpretations for waiting for Godot: the paradox of interpreting the meaning of a play about meaning
If Godot were to arrive it would be the arrival of certainty
Lucky would represent our current suffering for a loss of this certitude
The play is about the yearning for a return to faith and transcendent certitude
There is no way to mark time there is no past only repetition, there is no present only consciousness,
there is no future only anxiety
Waiting for Godot cannot be manipulated in ways that make meaning
Beckett removed any details that might link the play to his experience in his days when he was working
for the resistance
Estragon and Vladimir are trapped in a world without transcendent meaning
Chapter 3 Beckett’s war on words today: I tweet, therefore I may be
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