Essay on Themes in Samuel Beckett's 'Waiting for Godot

981 Words Oct 26th, 2008 4 Pages
Themes in Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’.

Samuel Beckett’s ‘Waiting for Godot’ is a typical example of what is referred to in literary terms as ‘Absurd Theatre’, a phrase referring to 20th century works that depict the absurdity of modern human creation, often with implicit reference to humanity’s loss or lack of religious, philosophical or cultural roots. Such works depict the individual as essentially isolated and alone, even when surrounded by other people and things. Many modern comic dramatists however are concerned to present credible characters. Recognizing the social order is an illusion and believing that the world is absurd, they can as in the theatre of the absurd present bizarre characters in bizarre situations. In
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The day is a development on the title ‘Waiting for Godot’. He does not come and the tramps resume their vigil by the tree, which between the first and the second scene has sprouted leaves, the only symbol of possible order in a thoroughly alienated world. The play revolves around certain themes. The most important of them being ‘waiting’. The play is about waiting, for Godot who doesn’t appear even once in the play and the two tramps Vladimir and Estragon are kept waiting till the play ends. Te readers are informed that they are waiting at a place, a place best suited as any place and a place where most likely Godot is not. The wait for Godot can be interpreted in many ways. Godot is nothing particular. For symbol seekers though, Godot could mean God, Christianity, rebirth redemption, hope, despair , eternal life, anything. The most accepted interpretation though seems to be God, which according to critics can be called an immature interpretation. Even though on being pressed on an answer for who or what is Godot, Beckett had once snapped and said, “if I knew who Godot was, I would have said so in the play.” It is thus completely left to the readers imagination, who according to their degree of perception can interpret who or what Godot is. The waiting on the other hand could be anything from mundane life, god salvation, death or even an ordinary person. “The waiting could be the height of foolishness or the

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