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p. 1088. Endgameslocked

  • Matthew Bevis

Abstract

The speaker goes out a with a bang, not a whimper, and makes the best out of a bad situation. Such endings are at the centre of the human comedy because they play up the folly of it all while playing down the sadness that informs that folly. ‘Endgames’ takes on endings as a way of considering the ends of the comedy. The comic ending implies that there is a future. There are two varieties of endgame: comedy's relationship with death, religion, and the afterlife; and comedy’s gravitation towards romance, marriage, and happy ever afters.

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