Analysis Of The Play ' Waiting For Godot ' And ' Good Night And Good Luck '

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Typically confronting texts of this period not only reflect the preoccupations of the time but also a disturbing re-evaluation of its values and ideas.

To what extent have the writers of TWO prescribed texts that you have studied in class and two texts of your own choosing achieved this?

Post World War Two and the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki, emerged a paranoid and disillusioned society that fell back on failing materialistic and family values. The play ‘Waiting for Godot’ (1953) by Samuel Beckett, film ‘Good Night and Good Luck’ (2005) directed by George Clooney, short story ‘A Perfect Day for Bananafish’ (1948) by J.D. Salinger and poem “At the First Aid Station” (1951) by Toge Sankichi confront the reader with pessimistic, existentialist viewpoints that portray a hopeless solution to match the situation. They reevaluate materialism to show it’s ephemeral and destructive nature, challenge a loss of life to mean loss of humanity, replace hope with hopelessness and question authorities that have been long held and valued. They do this to a large extent and succeed in prompting questioning by juxtaposing the preoccupation with the new idea to show the flaws of the former, disturbing the reader and questioning their society. 45 sec

‘Waiting for Godot’ is a disturbing play that explores the meaningless of life and the hopeless and lonely existence that surrounds humanity, devoid of life or sustenance and giving only pain. Beckett achieves a…

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