Waiting For Godot And Its Existential Interpretation


If you haven’t already, you should check out Waiting For Godot which is already in the big screens, but more often found in plays. The existential play by Samuel Beckett remarks among the tale of two people waiting by a tree. The whole play is made up of short sentences, with the main quote being “Nothing to be done”.

It opens up with the quote, and we already get an idea of what the rest of the play is about.

The thing about existential plays is that the characters make it hard for the play to follow through. You don’t know if the whole thing is real or made up, and you don’t know whether the characters are developing or if they’re just on standby. There’s not much growth within these characters, as it is difficult to when in an existential play. The whole gist of the play appeals to people who are existentialist because it questions the very nature of life through a very simple ordinary scene beside a tree.

What is the meaning of life and what is the endpoint?

With the “nothing to be done”, it shows that there really is nothing to be done in life that will matter because we will all die eventually. But the point of making these isn’t to make dejected statements about the futility of life, but rather the unconscious effort to make more of a meaning through life before it ends.

The plot also mentions several time of religion, including the Bible. It seems to mock it, making people who follow religion rather like they want a way out of the existential being, and being cowards, rather than face the truth reality of it.

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