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  Molloy as a character

            One of the characteristics of the novels of Samuel Beckett is that the main characters usually deny from the first moment their relation with objects, as we can see perfectly in the case of Molloy. This character is isolated from the rest of the world, unaware of the beliefs and the necessities of it. The dichotomy between his spirit and his body can be compared with the dichotomy between beings and objects that Beckett uses to create this particular environment. The world of Beckett is divided
in two different halves, which work independently. Thus, the plot of the novel is the crash of this two halves, when there is a tension between the body and the spirit, on the one hand, and between beings and objects on the other hand. With this outlined description of the characters, it is easier for us to understand why Molloy suffers from lack of own identity. Because of the fact of being divided, they are not aware of being, and as they also find the world divided, they are not able to identify themselves with the objects, with the world which is completely alien to them. Therefore, all the novels of Samuel Beckett can be understood as a search, the search of the personal I, that ironically will never differ from what really this character represents. This lost personality represents a kind of lost paradise, that in some cases will become a lost hell, that Molloy will try to reach throughout the novel.
            Molloy builds his own world, and his most important question is focused principally on this philosophic problem: the necessity of getting closer to objects, of catching them, the necessity of making  up with the world of objects. It is obvious that Beckett clearly simplified the necessities of the characters to show the basic relationship between person and object (a stone, a pencil, a notebook, a walking stick, an umbrella and a bicycle). According to this, Molloy will try to "solve himself" to find his personal identity and his I with regard to the world.

© Juan Gil Borrás