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Nobody Comes In Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot

749 words - 3 pages

Nobody Comes in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot

Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot: "nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes, it’s awful."

When the play first opened, it was criticized for lacking meaning, structure, and common sense. These critics, however, failed to see that Beckett chose to have his play, Waiting for Godot, capture the feeling that the world has no apparent meaning. In this misunderstood masterpiece, Beckett asserts numerous existentialist themes. Beckett believed that existence is determined by chance. This basic existentialist tenet is first asserted in Vladimir’s discussion of a parable from the Bible. Of the two thieves crucified at the same time as ...view middle of the document...

If chance had not willed it otherwise." In Stoppard’s play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern flip a coin that escapes the natural laws of reason. Here, the existentialist viewpoint focuses on refuting probability in favor of chance.

To many people, Godot symbolizes God. The name Godot even reflects an attenuated version of the word God. Godot’s silence but ubiquitous presence resembles that of God’s, and Vladimir and Estragon’s helplessness mirrors our own frailty. Vladimir and Estragon wait for Godot, hoping that he will give them meaning, help them find answers to their questions, and that he will save them from their situation. Many critics have argued that Godot does not necessarily symbolize God, merely "the objective of our waiting - an event, a thing, a person, a death."

Another basic existentialist tenet on which Beckett reflects is the meaninglessness of time. Because past, present, and future mean nothing, the play follows a cyclic pattern. Vladimir and Estragon return to the same place each day to wait for Godot and encounter the same basic people each day. Pozzo and Lucky pass by Vladimir and Estragon one day, both in healthy...

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