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on 26 December 2016
Waiting for Godot is a play by Samuel Beckett, in which two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, wait for the arrival of someone named Godot who never arrives, and while waiting they engage in a variety of discussions and encounter three other characters. This is considered Beckett’s masterpiece in many ways, it became part of what became known as the theatre of the absurd, a phrase coined by theatre critic Martin Esslin in 1961, the movement was a reaction to Nazi concentration camp atrocities, allies’ atomic bombs: Hiroshima and Nagasaki, the change in world order: Britain was no longer a super power, the Cold War and the spread of spiritual emptiness in an outwardly prosperous and affluent Western Europe and USA.
Critics have famously called it ‘a play where nothing happens…twice’ and ‘nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes, it's awful!’ It is, of course, not awful, its open to interpretation, there is religious references both in the dialogue and through symbolism, Beckett examines time, the passing of time, the tree they are standing around has leaves, they fall asleep and when they wake up it does not, there are lots of things like this and it may very well be that it has no meaning as the best way to highlight meaningless is to create meaningless itself, but meaning like truth, is subjective and there is plenty of scope for someone to create meaning, there is also a lot of black humour which makes it well worth a read.