Waiting for Godot: the basics

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An introduction to the basics about the play Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett.

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  • Haymarket Theatre, London 2009
  • Waiting for Godot: the basics

    1. 1. The play where nothing happens, twice.
    2. 2.  Vladimir  Estragon  Pozzo  Lucky  A boy
    3. 3.  Empty existence  Apathy  Meaninglessness of life  Waiting for something to happen
    4. 4.  Theatre of the Absurd  The absurdity of human existence  Not a traditional play  No setting, plot or development  Time and place are irrelevant  Characters are representations
    5. 5.  The play peels off all layers that are not essential  Limited setting  No specific time or setting  No rounded characters  Universality
    6. 6.  Written shortly after end of WW2  Play shows degrees of power  Tyrannical environment  Master-slave relationship

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