Essay about Samuel Beckett 's Waiting For Godot

1092 Words Apr 6th, 2015 5 Pages
Are we as humans condemned to waiting for a purpose to give meaning to our existence, or are the acts of waiting a choice itself? In life, we have our choices, but many are stuck in a rut because we have learned from what we have seen and are usually scared to take a different path. So, we wait...and wait for a path to be given or paved for us. Through this journey of waiting, can we lose the sense of reality, truth and purpose? Waiting for Godot may give answers to such a question, but for most confuse. Waiting for Godot, is a tragicomedy written in the late 1940’s by playwright Samuel Beckett. The play premiered on January 1953 at the Theatre de Babylone in Paris. Waiting for Godot takes place on a country road, but it doesn’t specify a time or a place. The play follows two friends Vladimir and Estragon who are seen as “tramps” or vagabonds. The men wait on an entity named Godot. Throughout the play, they appear to not understand what is happening to themselves and/or their lives and who Godot really is, but they speak as if they do. Godot does nothing but only fill the existential void they have, but don 't realize. In essence, the play creates a situation where the audience questions his or her own existence, and purpose in life. This existential style is what Beckett is famous for—themes that question our/one 's existence, as seen on Waiting for Godot. The play begins as the curtain rises to show a haunting and deserted landscape. We see Estragon, a withered old man…

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