Postmodernism In Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot

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Samuel Beckett's Avant de Garde play, Waiting for Godot,was first performed on 5 January 1953 in the Théâtre de Babylone, Paris. And later in English in London, 1955. Yet one of the most striking reactions of them all was the performance of 1957. This time presented in front of the San Quentin State Prison in San Rafael, California. A play which had left its audience "baffled, bored, and irritated" in 1953, suddenly made sense to a group of convicts. So what made these prisoners relate to this obscure play? At first glance one might say that it is their understanding of the perennial wait that brings them to interpret this play. Or it could be as simple as finding resemblance in the tramps, who are viewed as outcasts; but show defiance by existing. Similarly in this essay I will be exploring the nuances of what may seem absurd at first glance.…show more content…
This coincides with the Postmodernist ideas that Jean - Francois Lyotard describes as "A work can become modern only if it is first postmodern. Postmodernism thus understood is not modernism at its end but in the nascent state, and this state is constant". In Beckett's dystopian world, his two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, wait around for the elusive character Godot, whose existence or inexistence gives purpose to their life. Even if it is the simple act of waiting it becomes more complex as the act repeats itself. This act of waiting becomes significant through the portrayal of human
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