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Waiting for Godot - realism and absurdity.

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Waiting for Godot: Realism Waiting for Godot is a play written by Samuel Becket in 1949 in the Theater of the Absurd genre, which is often called a reaction to the realism movement in the theater. Rather than try to conform as closely as possible to a concept of real life, absurdists sought to provide an obviously unreal experience. In an absurdist play, time and settings are generally ambiguous, if they are even defined at all. Characters are not meant to mimic real people, but instead are often metaphorical or representative models. The play, Waiting for Godot can be compared to these features in the absurd theatre in various ways. ...read more.


It is a play in which fact and elaborate, illusion and reality are mingled together. In Waiting for Godot man's sufferings, whether physical or metaphysical, are shown in such a way that we feel them as our own suffering. The play is a mirror of our age because it shows the inner hollowness, helplessness and meaninglessness of modern man's life. Comparisons can be made between Vladimir and Estragon situation to our daily lives, what are we waiting for during our lives, is working, going to school and playing games are just a distraction to pass the time while we are waiting for someone or something we do not know anything about, just like them. ...read more.


Beckett makes us realize that man is the main cause of the sufferings of man. The contrast between the relationships of the two pairs of characters becomes an important clue for the understanding of the play and produces certain echoes in us. Vladimir represents perhaps all the thinkers and the philosophers unanswered questions, for which we mentally suffer and Estragon represents all our physical pain or suffering. We can conclude that in fact waiting for Godot depicts a series of problems we have today even though the play happens in an unrealistic setting, with archetypal characters and on an undefined time. Therefore, we can say that waiting for Godot represents all reality of mankind and its problems within society through dialogue, although surrounded by a fantastic atmosphere. ...read more.

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