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Outline of Three Interpretations of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot Essay

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Discipline Arts Entertainment
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Samuel Beckett wrote Waiting for Godot between October 1948 and January 1949. Since its premiere in January of 1953, it's befuddled and confounded critics and audiences alike. Some find it to be a winding bit of drivel; some others consider it to become genius. A lot of the strain between the two sides stems from a simple query. What exactly does this play mean? Even within camps where Waiting for Godot has been recognized, the lack of clarity and consensus brings about a stress and discussion that has lasted over sixty decades. I will consider what I have determined to be the three most predominant interpretations of the play, including anti-Christianity, existentialism, and nihilism. By also analyzing Beckett’s existence and influences, I believe that a well-rounded set of chances will be presented. Finally, I'll use sources to perform my own argument. I feel this play is inherently about nothing, which it's us as viewers that over-complicate it. Because we hunt for meaning in everything, Waiting for Godot must mean something, otherwise it doesn't fit to what we find acceptable or comfortable. I shall start by delving into Samuel Beckett’s desktop. Among the more bizarre bits about Beckett’s existence was that he claimed to have vivid prenatal memories. Based on James Knowlson, writer of the sole authorized Beckett biography entitled Damned to Fame: The Life of Samuel Beckett, those memories weren't pleasant. He writes, '' “Yet the memories, as an adult he promised to have of the womb, deriving probably from the time shortly before his birth were associated more with feelings of being trapped and unable to escape, imprisoned and at pain (Knowlson 23-24). ВЂќ This feeling of being forcibly held in stasis and wanti...

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