Alienation In Waiting For Godot

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Beckett belongs to the theatre which initiated experimental boldness and intellectual nonconfirmism. He was uncertain about his vocation, and could not confine himself to the traditional forms of fiction, poetry and criticism. He, as it appears in his play, Waiting for Godot, had an exaggerated concern with the formal aspects of a play than its content. The incidents in the plot of this play are fragmentary. Due to the post First World War effects, which was then current in Western Literature and art, i.e. the modern works, the play revealed anti-realistic notions. Beckett was influenced by his reading of philosophy and European literature as well as comedies. Waiting for Godot, a popular modern absurd play is well discussed for the modern traits of alienation, dislocation,…show more content…
They sing, they talk, they walk, they play, they quarrel and most importantly they wait. They move around with no goal. Their indifferent steps often lead them nowhere and express their lethargy. They are sometimes gloomily silent and the other times uselessly verbose. They are naïve yet old enough to have seen and experienced the world for a long time. The incidents of the play are not related by any cause and effect relationship therefore the abruptness in their motion and thought follows. The sequence of the actions being disrupted and the discontinuous incidents make it ludicrous. The incongruence in action, speech and interaction thus bring forth the immobility and imbecility as it appears in: “We wait. We are bored. (He throws up his hand.) No, don't protest, we are bored to death, there's no denying it. Good. A diversion comes along and what do we do? We let it go to waste. Come, let's get to work! (He advances towards the heap, stops in his stride.) In an instant all will vanish and we'll be alone more, in the midst of nothingness!”( Act II; p 111) Metaphysical
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