Chess is a major motif in Samuel Becket’s play “Endgame” that serves to illustrate a sense of meaninglessness about life. The chess motif lends a type of dissonance that reduces people to chess pieces or “pawns”, which is actually the weakest piece on the board, which symbolizes the fact that we are all powerless in life. What ever is going to happen, is going to happen.

The Endgame of a chess match usually determines the winner, so whoever has the upper hand at this point will be victorious. This adds to the feelings of meaningless because it feels like our previous decisions mean absolutely nothing and any random event can change everything.


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