Existentialism In Waiting For Godot

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Throughout the play Waiting for Godot we are introduced into the world of existentialism. Absurd theatre devised out of the themes of existentialism where everything, potentially means nothing and the idea of communication as we know it is no longer to bring us mutually closer but rather to drive us apart and what this essay discusses is how Beckett has conformed to these ideas of absurdum and made them his own. Stichomythia refers to the short bursts of dialogue spoken amongst the characters and this is made use of in WFG numerous amounts of times especially in act 2 often followed by silences. The effect of this is exhilarating as though the idea of trying to communicate to one another has exhausted the characters and the silences emphasize their inability to understand the use of language to communicate adequately. This is evident through the quick exchange of lines between Vladimir and Estragon when there trying to remember why they are waiting for Godot and by the end of the conversation have reached no conclusion as to why there still waiting, a long silence follows in hope that they’ll come to a conclusion and oblivious to what was just said they start a new meaningless conversation. Following the previous statement made, it is evident that that there is a never ending cycle of misunderstanding and miscommunication that arouses. The characters language and logic makes no sense and despite the fact that they talk a lot, it becomes clear at the end of play that they
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