A Wasted Life In "Krapp's Last Tape"

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Samuel Beckett's "Krapp's Last Tape" is about a man, Krapp, who through his spools of tape, looks back on his life whilst alone in his den. He is at present sixty-nine years of age and has retrieved a spool, which dates back thirty years, age thirty-nine. My opinion is that he is an alcoholic and that he has let himself go, so much so, that he wears ragged clothes, his appearance is of a scraggy, unshaven old man. His mind works in the same manner as his body: slow and labored. He refers to his alcoholism by saying "a man in my condition" and his resolutions, in which he promised to drink less. He realizes that he has spent approximately forty percent of his life in bars drinking.

He is sitting and thinking of how he remembered his mother's death "Celebrated the awful occasion, as in recent years, quietly at the winehouse." As he thinks of this, he realizes how lonely he is. He is isolated and very much on his own. He even remarks to himself how silent the night is and that Old miss McGlone always sings at that particular hour. Not tonight. Where is she?

He remembers twelve years ago, when he was "living on and off with Bianca in Kedar Street." That relationship is not perceived to have been a good one and as he says "Well out of that! Hopeless business" It seems that his drinking was ruining his relationships, and now he is left on his own with only his alcohol. He thinks about the people whom he can remember passing him as he sat on a bench by the weir, only knowing them by appearance, because he dare not speak to them and nor them to him. Maybe he was of the same appearance as we can see now from the text? When he was bold enough to speak to one young lady, -not having been introduced-she threatened to call a policeman! His moment was the passing dog when he kept the dog's ball in his hand and let the dog yelp for it to be returned! "Past midnight. Never knew such silence. The earth might be uninhabited." What an isolated and lonely...

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