In an instant all will vanish, and we'll be alone more, in the midst of nothingness!” Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot “The tears of the world are a constant quantity.
The same is true of the laugh.” Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot “ Waiting for Godot is a play by Samuel Beckett that premiered in France in January 1953.
The play, Beckett's first, explores the meaning and meaninglessness of life through its repetitive plot and dialogue. “ Waiting for Godot is an enigmatic but very significant play in the absurdist tradition.
Becket's existential play centers around the characters Vladimir and Estrogen who are conversing while waiting beneath a tree for someone (or something) named Godot. Another man called Pizza wanders up and talks with them briefly before venturing off to sell his enslaved person Lucky.
Existentialism requires the individual to find meaning in their lives without reference to a god or afterlife, something that Beckett's characters find impossible. Time moves in cycles in the play, with the same events recurring over and over again.
They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it's night once more. One of the central themes of Waiting for Godot is the meaninglessness of life.
Even as the characters insist on staying where they are and doing what they do, they acknowledge that they do it for no good reason. The play confronts the reader and audience with a void of meaning, challenging them with the blankness and boredom of this situation.
The characters of Vladimir and Estrogen are grim even in their casual conversation, even as Lucky entertains them with song and dance. Pizza, in particular, makes speeches that reflect a sense of angst and sadness.
“The tears of the world are a constant quantity. Let us not then speak ill of our generation, it is not any unhappier than its predecessors.
It is true that when with folded arms we weigh the pros and cons we are no less a credit to our species. The tiger bounds to the help of his conveners without the least reflection, or else he slinks away into the depths of the thickets.
“By the early 1960s America had reluctantly come to realize that it possessed, as a nation, the most potent scientific complex in the history of the world. Eighty per cent of all scientific discoveries in the preceding three decades had been made by Americans.
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