Waiting for Godot play

The effect of the strong writings: Waiting for Godot as an example

3/23/20242 min read

"I read 'Waiting for Godot' a few years ago, and it was like a bomb that shook any intellectual or mental structure about the individual and the world. Despite its brevity and exceptional simplicity, it ignited thousands of reflections, comparisons, and metaphors, allowing the reader to see whatever they wished to see in it.

Written by the English writer Samuel Beckett, it belongs to the theater of the absurd, which asserts that all attempts by humans to find meaning in life will end in vain, making every effort futile.

When I started searching for interpretations, it felt like entering a maze the size of life itself, because there are thousands of interpretations. I haven't recovered from its intellectual aftermath until now.

Note: The following will include revealing some events of the play, thus spoiling it for any potential reader. If you wish to read it yourself, stop here.

It's a darkly comedic play featuring two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, waiting for someone named Godot, whom they don't know how he looks like or what exactly they want from him. But something is bound to happen when he arrives; otherwise, they wouldn't be waiting for him. So, the conclusion becomes paradoxical. They only know that the meeting place is by a tree. There's something they interpret as being close to becoming a tree, hence their anticipation. They aren't sure how many days they've spent waiting for him. Even Godot hasn't explicitly stated (according to them) that he will come for sure, but he hinted at it. The text is very funny, strange, confusing, and mysterious, yet it resembles a great chaos where you see patterns similar to examples from daily life. It consists of two acts, with nothing happening except the waiting for Godot who never arrives. At the end of the day, a boy comes to them when the moon appears, claiming to be Godot's messenger, telling them that Godot won't come today but he will definitely come tomorrow. So, the two decide to leave, but they don't move, and the event repeats in the second act. Additionally, Pozzo and Lucky come, contributing a little to relieving Estragon and Vladimir's tension. They do anything to make time pass, even considering hanging themselves to end the exhausting anticipation.

Beckett said: 'Waiting is the purest form of experiencing time.'

No article, no matter how important, can contain the play's ideas, let alone its events, but when I read it, it caused immense confusion and excessive thinking due to the numerous implications. It's fascinating how it remains clear in the mind even after years, suggesting depth. According to a survey in 1990, it was considered the most important English play of the 20th century."

As for my opinion, "Waiting for Godot" is a masterpiece that challenges conventional notions of time, existence, and meaning. Its absurdity and humor serve as a mirror reflecting the futility of human endeavors and the absurdity of existence. Beckett's exploration of the human condition through the lens of waiting is profound and thought-provoking. The play's enduring relevance and ability to provoke contemplation make it a timeless classic.