Waiting for GodotBy: Jonathan K. García Vázquez
Author• Samuel Beckett was the father of the Theatre ofthe Absurd and Author of Waiting for Godot. Heinfluenced many of the dramatist of the decade. • Hes objective was not to understand the lack ofsense of life, but to show how absurd life is,were liberty,justice, psychology andlanguage(basically everything) are justapproximations of a doubtful reality in which isopen to interpretation. A reality that is justdisappointing.
About the Play• Genre:tragedy, comedy• written in French in 1948 by Samuel Beckett• It’s important to know about it because it was one of the first and bestknown plays of the Theater of the Absurd.• It’s also important because the Theater of the Absurd preformed manysituations that were not preformed before at theTheater.• It represents he development of the Theater itself and history.
Lets talk a little about the category or classification.• This drama is part of the Theatre of the Absurd. Thisterm is a classification that contains many dramatistof 50 decade. Its consider a response againstthe traditional concepts of the Theatre. Its alsorecognise as Anti-Theatre• The absurd was a form to confront anxiety and theinexplicable. • The fantasy, the nightmare are some of the elementsthat are part of the essence of the Theatre.
Purpose• Their purpose was to present something undesirableand unexpected to the public. Where logic andphilosophy were not applicable.• It wanted to bring to the scene questions andproblems about life and let every spectatorinterpret and analyze based on their own experiencesand ideologies.
Lets talk a little about the characteristics of the Theater of the absurd.I find this important because it will help us analyze the play itself.1.Plot with poor significance2.Repetition of dialog3. Humor4.Incoherence5.lack of character expression and communication
Setting• In Waiting for Godot, we never know where the play takes place, exceptthat it is somewhere at a “country road."• Also mentions a tree, but some performances avoid having it.• It could be anywhere by my undestarding.
Plot• Waiting for Godot is about Vladimir and Estragon, two homeless that gettogether and wait for the arrival of a third member, Godot. While waitingfor his arrival, the two find themselves wandering around and manyunexpected things begin to happen. A messenger comes every night to tellthem that Godot wont come today, that he will surely come tomorrow. Thetwo were stuck at a loop waiting for someone who never comes and thenthey decide to stop the wait for the night and leave.
Characters• Main characters: Estragon and Vladimir• Secundary Characters: Pozzo, Lucky and the messenger boy
Conflicts• Internal Conflict• The characters want to wait for Godot to come.• Complications• The messenger comes and tells them that Godot will notcome to night and that he will come tomorrow, but he nevercomes.
Play segment• "But that is not the question. Why are we here, that is the question. And we are blessedin this, that we happen to know the answer. Yes, in this immense confusion one thingalone is clear. We are waiting for Godot to come.• I choose this segment because it tells the reader the purpose of their wait.
Personal Opinion• I think the play was very interesting.Very differentbecause it goes against the Theater old ideals. Ifound it quite humorous and enjoyed watching itbeing preformed. I also liked that no one can proveyou wrong in your analysis of the play.The analysisof the play is something personal and thateveryone is incline to their opinions. I highlyrecommend it.