Jean Paul Sartre and ‘False belief’ in Becket’s Krapp's Last Tape

Document Type : Research Paper


Dept of English, Faculty of Letters, Ferdowsi University of Mashhad


Krapp's personality in Krapp's Last Tape. is one of the characters of Theater of Absurd. He scolds his past in each current stage of his life.Not only doesn't he believe in himself, but he also doesn't believe in life, and he contends that he feels happy to have gone past his youth years.Krapp's personality has been scrutinized by two main concepts in existentialism: "bad faith" and "leap of faith". In this essay we have mentioned the lack of faith in Krapp and that living in dark is his own preference, the reason to this preference According to Sartre is "bad faith" which he has introduced in Being and Nothingness. According to these two concepts from Sartre and Kierkegaard, Self-knowledge and faith are the only ways out of this fiasco.As long as the person is lying to himself, he is covering his consciousness. Also with faith in Kierkegaard's philosophy the individual won't lose morale and would even strengthen his potentials against difficulties and absurdities of life.


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