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DEMENTED VS. CREATIVE EMULATION IN "MURPHY"
Thomas J. Cousineau
Samuel Beckett Today / Aujourd'hui
Vol. 18, "All Sturm and no Drang": Beckett and Romanticism, Beckett at Reading 2006 (2007), pp. 355-365
Published by: Brill
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/25781808
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Beckett's notes for Murphy in his Whoroscope Notebook, especially his distinction between a force and a guide, allow us to see in Murphy's subservience to a succession of "forces," culminating in his tragicomic effort to emulate Mr. Endon's psychosis, a degraded image of Beckett's own creative emulation of Dante and James Joyce, who serve as his principal literary guides in this novel. Beckett's highly original adaptation of the models bequeathed to him by these predecessors include his pervasive use of chiasmic patterns in Murphy and his echoing of the story of Icarus in the narration of Murphy's own doomed flight.
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