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Claustrophobic narrative in Genesis

April 15, 2011

The narrative of Beckett’s Genesis as a whole is set largely in a series of rooms that create an increasing sense of claustrophobia akin to the claustrophobia of Paul’s journey in I am the Cheese.

Genesis:  Anaxamander’s examination room; Adam’s incarceration; Eve’s cave; the Republic; Art’s cupboard…

I am the Cheese: does it all take place in a mental institution??? Certainly at the end of the novel, Paul is still stuck on that bike!

Of course, in the case of Genesis, the increasing sense of confinement also echoes Plato’s cave dwellers! Surely not a total coincidence, given the repeated reference to The Republic in this novel?

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