"We always find something, eh Didi, to let us think we exist?”
The play is about Not the emptiness of one’s existence but the emptiness of existence itself. The characters have no personality, no goal, no obstacle to overcome they are just waiting. Waiting for Godot to come, waiting for Godot to give them meaning to existence.
I listened to the audio version of this play which adds to the story. This sad tale of two homeless men who wait day in and day out for Mr. Godot. They want to leave, but cannot because they have to wait for him. The story shares their daily adventures that are both humorous and sad.
In this short dramatic play, two homeless men, Vladimir and Estragon, sit around passively waiting for someone named Godot to arrive. Beckett is a master of comedic wordplay and the play's sparse minimalism offers several different allegorical interpretations.
This is one of many significant plays from the 20th century. Beckett's minimalistic approach to the absurd, as well as his witty and strange characters, show his tragicomedic form to be painstakingly crafted, intense, complex, and moving. Waiting for Godot shows the human condition to be difficult, indefinable, and unresolved.
A 20th century classic.
Definitely one of the greatest plays ever written. The Hamlet of the 20th Century.
This had an Abbot and Costello feel to it, like I was reading the "Who's on first" routine. I can imagine it being much more amusing on stage; it was a bit frustrating as a book.
"Waiting for Godot" is one of the titles selected by writer Yann Martel to provide to Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, to encourage an appreciation of the arts in the PM, and to also help him with his stillness and thoughtfulness. Martel has regularly sent books from a wide range of literary traditions to Harper, and has devoted a Web site to the book list and his kind and considered covering letters with each volume. Sadly, I think the whole exercise has been a rather "Waiting for Godot" exercise for Martel - I don't think he has received a single response or acknowledgement.
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E: I can't go on like this. V: That's what you think.
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