The Ideas Of Absurdism In Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot

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The term was used by Esslin to label not group of playwrights but more so the set of feelings shared by these playwrights. The feelings of hopelessness, no purpose, uselessness and no order always followed historical crisis namely: economic depressions; World Wars; Hitler’s monstrosities on Jewish population; Stalin’s misuse of Marx’s ideology. However, it was the World war II that gave life to Absurdist movement. The tragic events of Hiroshima and Nagasaki caused the trauma of living under nuclear threat which resulted in realization of precariousness of human existence. Suddenly, not only abstract thinkers but also wide population was exposed to idea of absurdity of human life. Consequently, the genre of theatre absurd gained on popularity among visitors of theatre. …show more content…
Even, leading to everyday people debating about issues brought by these plays.
The majority of dramatic tools used by absurdist playwrights can be found in the Samuel Beckett’s eminent, but controversial play Waiting for Godot including illogical structure, new form of language and surreal environment. Probably the most debated and well-received play from Samuel Becket is probably play Waiting for Godot. Firstly, absurd drama is typical for its illogical structure of the plot as well as irrational characters. In waiting for Godot we are presented with the play where almost nothing happens throughout the play therefore there is no plot to talk about as the play begins and ends at the same point. Nonetheless, not only plot is illogical also the characters are acting in the strange manners. Two protagonists, Vladimir and Estragon, are waiting day by day for mythical person that in the end never shows up. They cannot stop this action and despite agreeing on leaving the place when the curtains are drawn they act irrationally and remain on the spot. The play was not written to narrate the story but rather to share authors feelings and by

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