Happy Days Festival – a Celebration of Existentialism!

Enniskillen, County Fermanagh, is presently hosting the first annual Samuel Beckett Festival. Samuel Beckett, 1906-1989, was born in Dublin and he was a playwright, novelist and poet. He attended Enniskillen’s Royal Portora School, hence his link to the town. In 1969, he was awarded the Nobel Prize for Literature.
Is this man’s literary legacy cause for celebration?  No, definitely not !   Why?
We have done some online research on Samuel Beckett and we have looked at the festival programme and it is evident that he was an Existentialist and his work was permeated with the idea that things have no inherent meaning and, with reference to Christianity, he said, “Christianity is a mythology…….”
Some, (perhaps all ) of his works contain offensive themes/words, so he was not averse to shocking his readers/audience. In our view, there is no beauty, no refinement, no hope, no light and no value in Beckett’s work, only ugliness and despair, therefore he is best avoided.
PS  Happy Days is the title of a Beckett play.

One thought on “Happy Days Festival – a Celebration of Existentialism!

  1. “For the wisdom of this world is foolishness with God. For it is written, He taketh the wise in their own craftiness.
    And again, The Lord knoweth the thoughts of the wise, that they are vain.
    Therefore let no man glory in men.” 1 Corinthians 3: 19-21

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