Krapp returns to his desk and consults his ledger, looking for the number of the tape that contains the recording made on his thirty-ninth birthday.
He consults a ledger. His only companion is, ironically, his own voice, with which he interacts throughout the play through the use of the tape recorder.
Rooney killed the child or not is less important than whether the audience can be moved by the mere articulation of sound to feel the horror of such a life-denying deed. This point, I believe, is when the separation of selves occurs, when the young, middle-aged, and old Krapp are all in existence on the tape player concurrently, each observing the younger.
What hooks you? Closing with a -- brief laugh --yelp to Providence.
The two protagonists are tramps by the name of Estragon called Gogo and Vladimir called Didi. At the end of each act, Vladimir and Estragon threaten to separate, to leave—but in each act, they do not move as the curtain descends on them. The year-old Krapp looks back on the odd-year-old Krapp with the same level of contempt as the odd-year-old Krapp appears to have displayed for the young man he saw himself for in his late teens.The pain is due as much to elegiac nostalgia as it is to the intensity of experiences which both annihilate and create. And so on. The situation of Krapp stocktaking and listening to old stocktakings is dependent upon the catalysts of Time, Habit, and Memory, the trinity considered by Beckett in his study of Proust. As in other Beckett plays of this period, the women of Play have a particularly painful message to deliver: Love and marriage do not exist as real possibilities for meaning for anyone anymore, especially for women, who have depended on them far more than men. The tapes are all neatly arranged with their contents briefly described in a ledger that Krapp keeps, along with the tapes themselves, locked in his desk. Their predicament, like that of Winnie in Happy Days, is more frustrating for communication and self-dignity than that ofWinnie or Nell and Nagg, whose memories are functional for some modicum of dialogue with another who shares those memories with them. Krapp makes no response to this but allows the tape to play on until the final curtain. Ankle sprains are one of the most common athletic injuries with most occurring to the lateral ligaments of the ankle.
All that old misery.