Theme Of Absurdism In Waiting For Godot

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Theatre of the absurd is one of the prominent schools of drama which flourished during the twentieth century. Absurd plays usually convey the believe that human existence is pointless and life is irrational, meaningless, and futile. Therefore, absurdist playwrights illustrate people’s correspondence to the absurdity of the world especially after the two destructive world wars. Although people struggle to give life meaning, their inability to find any led them to experience anxiety and confusion. As a result, people started to doubt religion, question the existence of God, and suffer from weak faith. Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot deals with several themes that highlights the absurdity of human conditions. Waiting for Godot consists of two acts. Events of act II largely repeat and parallel those of act I. The play is about two tramps, Vladimir and Estragon, who wait by a country road near a tree. They wait for Godot although they do not know him. They meet Pozzo, the land owner, and Lucky, Pozzo’s slave, while waiting. In act I, Pozzo appears as strong master and Lucky has the ability to talk while in act II, Pozzo becomes blind and Lucky dumb. Godot does not appear on the stage through the whole play. At the end of each act, a boy appears to reveal a message that Godot will not come today. The play starts with “Nothing to be done” defining the plays’ absurdity tone. Since the characters’ main goal is to meet Godot, everything they do while waiting is trivial and
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