Waiting For Godot Samuel Beckett. The Meaning Of Life And Existentialism, Significance Of Setting And Structure.

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At Face value waiting for Godot could be called a simple play. It uses a basic setting consisting of a tree and a road; it is repetitive in its structure and character pairing. It is an uncomplicated play with no established plot, at face value Waiting for Godot could be described as a play about nothing. The substance of Waiting for Godot lies within the ideas and themes of the play, behind this front of simplicity and nothingness. It is a question which has never ceased to pervade mankind; the meaning of life.A very simplistic setting is used in Waiting for Godot. We know very little about the setting, the time and geographic whereabouts is completely unknown. Although Beckett makes the viewer consciously aware of two components in the setting, the tree and the road. These are the only pieces of evidence Beckett gives us to he whereabouts of the setting, but it's ambiguity is irrelevant as this simple setting has symbolic significance within the play and alludes to deeper aspects of life.The tree and the road create two axis, vertical and horizontal. The road offers possibility of physically movement away, a horizontal transcendence. They can walk this path to find their own enlightenment or let enlightenment come to them, Godot. The tree is what keeps them rooted; it represents practicality and the physical realm. What are present here and now, a perception of reality? It represents an opportunity for growth and development of one's own self and room for spiritual enlightenment, a freedom from conventional (or rejection of conventional) of values and organised religion. To encompass a sense of self and being. The tree is symbolic of tension and confliction, as is shown in the characters Vladimir and Estragon's exchange: "Lets go": "We can't we're waiting for Godot"(1). It is the struggle between respecting the values you were brought up with and lie within your roots, and challenging these hegemonic beliefs in order for yourself to grow and develop as a person, to find your own path of enlightenment (if it is perhaps the true meaning of life).Becketts structure and action of Waiting for Godot too can be described as 'simple'. Its development occurs in a cyclic process and is often repetitive. The play moves through each day as the characters are searching/waiting for the idea of, or person (Godot) as it seems, and after each day they return to the same questions and conclusions. Who is Godot? Does Godot really exist? And why are we waiting for him?Throughout Waiting for Godot a constant repetition is noted mainly in the action of the play. Act two reiterates Act one, both Acts share the same motivation, waiting for Godot. Ideas in the first Act are repeated again in the second Act.In the structure repetition is making for closure and silence. And the repetition of dialogue reverting back on itself, -"Estragon: Like leaves Vladimir: Like sand Estragon: Like leaves"(2). Sequences of pause and action are also repeated throughout the play....

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