The Futility Of Human Existence In Waiting For Godot

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We live on a planet revolving around the sun, while there are at least about one septillion other stars in this universe. What is the significance of our existence in this infinite cosmos? What is the purpose of our lives? With the explosion of scientific knowledge and the WWII bombs in the modernity epoch, the insignificance of our lives was realized; Samuel Becket staged the futility of human existence in the play Waiting for Godot. He portrayed nothingness through the use of structure, language, dialogue, and setting. He further demonstrated that the lives of the two characters Vladimir and Estragon takes meaning when they wait for the ambiguous Godot. In order to be relieved from the crippling question of existence, they occupy themselves with meaningless activities. Due to the lack of a plot in Waiting for Godot, one can deduce that perhaps Beckett is referring to the futility of human existence in general.
“Nothing to be done” is a repetitive theme of the play, Waiting for Godot. In fact, nothingness and futility of character’s lives is shown in the form of the play. The foundation of the play, or in other words, the structure is cyclical; there is no beginning or an end. If Beckett repeated the play for 100 times more, the plot would have not changed, which indicates the triviality of the character’s lives. In addition, the language of the play is absurd; the dialogue is usually short (often two or three words), repeated (“let’s go…we can’t…why not…we are waiting for Godot”), and unfocused (they jump from an important topic to a foolish one.) The aphasia and use of absurd language transmit a sentiment of emptiness. There are also many pauses and silent moments throughout the play highlighting the void. Lastly, the characters doubt their past, present, and future, which makes one doubt their existence altogether.
Another concept which Beckett stages is waiting; the two characters wait for Godot to assign meaning to their presence...

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