Lack of Closure in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot

2433 Words10 Pages
Closure is a very important aspect of a narrative. Closure or the lack of it accomplishes the goal of a creating a text which readers would want to continue reading to find out the ending, it helps to lead the reader on. The term “closure” according to Abbott is “best understood as something we look for in narrative, as desire that authors understand and often expend art to satisfy or frustrate” (Abbott, 57).In the play Waiting for Godot, the lack of closure is very evident throughout it. This play significantly follows the hermeneutic code, the level of questions or answers. This code has allowed for the author to grasp the attention of the readers, due to the reason people like to find and understand closures, but also allowing the…show more content…
At this level, narrative is formed in such a way in which questions are likely to arise in the minds of the readers, and the readers want those questions to be answered, readers want “enlightenment”. If the author gives “enlightenment” to the reader, than closure has been achieved (Abbott, 61). The hermeneutic code is followed from beginning to end in Waiting for Godot. Many of the passages are written in a manner which creates the reader to come up with questions. But the none of the questions are not answered, creating a frustrating lack of closure. The questions are raised as soon as the play begins and continues till the end. For example, act 1 itself starts off with raising a lot of questions when this conversation between Vladimir and Estragon occur:: ESTRAGON: Beat me? Certainly they beat me. VLADIMIR: The same lot as usual? ESTRAGON: The same? I don't know. (Beckett, Act 1) Just by reading these three lines, one wonders: who beat them up, why are they being beat. The answer to this is never given in the play, instead it is always shut down in some sort of manner, the topic is changed. In this scene the topic is changed from the beatings to Estragon's boots. This is a clear usage of the hermeneutic code in this part of the play. The hermeneutic code is not only used in parts of the play, but also in the whole of the it. The author has

More about Lack of Closure in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot

Open Document