Analysis Of Samuel Beckett 's ' Waiting For Godot ' Essay

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Theatre is a complex art that attempts to weave stories of varying degrees of intricacies with the hope that feelings will be elicited from the audience. Samuel Beckett’s most famous work in the theatre world, however, is Waiting for Godot, the play in which, according to well-known Irish critic Vivian Mercier, “nothing happens, twice.” Beckett pioneered many different levels of groundbreaking and avant-garde theatre and had a large influence on the section of the modern idea of presentational theatre as opposed to the representational. His career seemingly marks the end of modernism in theatre and the creation of what is known as the “Theatre of the Absurd.”
Beyond the vague, minimalist packages with which Beckett presented weighty questions to us as audiences of the ages, he is also the source of much debate of recent theatrical times. The line is both particularly fine and blurry between where a production has creative license to put on a show the way the director interprets it and where the playwright had specific intentions that are integral to the plot and themes of the play. As somewhat of a control freak when it came to how strictly a production had to follow his exact parameters within the stage directions, Beckett also provided the theatre world with opportunity for legal and philosophical debate on this matter specific to drama as an art form. He had much to offer to the literary world on a whole, evident in his peak achievement of the 1969 Nobel Prize for
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