Post Modernism In Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot

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‘Meaning’ is like a taboo word in Post Modernism. It is not to be talked of and one should not search for it in any literary text since it is a meaningless endeavour. This radicalism against the search for meaning in literature is rationally unacceptable and untenable. This small paper aims to show that although the Post-Structuralist idea of deconstruction that stands behind Post-Modernist writing, emerged as a critique of conventional view regarding ‘meaning’ and ‘rationality’, is itself a meticulously advocated rational view. This paper is a critique of the Post-Modernist critique of the idea of meaning in a literary text. ‘Waiting for Godot’, which is one of the representative pieces of Post Modernist literature, is made a reference point for this purpose. ‘Waiting for Godot’ by Samuel Beckett is considered to be a revolutionary play in many sense. Any conventional play has a specific setting and background. Even if a play begins abruptly, one can understand the backdrop and the context through the dialogues of the characters on which the play’s ground is rooted. However, there is absence of any such thing in this play. Two tramps appear on the scene. Who they are? what they are? and where they are from?-- are questions that are not answered. The scene of the play is a country side. Again, this can be any country side. “Nothing to be done” seems to be the catchphrase of this place. In a story, in which it is very difficult to construe the exact theme and

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