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Discuss The Ways In Which Ritual Is A Key Element In Both Content And Form In The Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot And Any One Other Of His Plays.

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  • Submitted: 27/08/2003
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Discuss The Ways In Which Ritual Is A Key Element In Both Content And Form In The Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot And Any One Other Of His Plays.

Samuel Beckett's writing is based on Theatre of the Absurd and his plays focus on the proposition that life is basically both meaningless and incoherent, and that a play which aims to give a true reflection of life must do so by exploring the whole range of absurdity. (Stapleton 1983:59). For this reason many ritualistic elements are found throughout his plays to convey ideas and themes. The two plays I have chosen to study are Waiting For Godot and Endgame, and through this essay I will attempt to show how ritual is a key element in both content and form.

Waiting for Godot is a play where it seems nothing happens, twice. However the main themes are those of life, hope and regeneration on the one hand, and death, despair and destruction on the other hand. Throughout the play there is a strong focus on Godot, who Vladimir and Estragon are waiting for, and indeed this in itself is a key element of ritual as Godot has certain

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