Analysis Of 'Endgame And Waiting For Godot' By Samuel Beckett

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In a world where the outlook on life is bleak and insignificant where does purpose lie for those in it? This is the question that often comes to mind while reading two plays by Samuel Beckett, “Endgame” and “Waiting for Godot”. Samuel Beckett, like many authors apply a philosophy, or universal theme to their work that can be seen throughout the story. The world of Beckett is full of insignificant days, mediocre events, and ambitionless characters. With the work of “Endgame” and “Waiting for Godot”, Beckett illustrates the insignificance of a single day and how there are no life changing events. The characters that are in Beckett plays are seemingly unaffected by situations that should be life altering, to say the least. Hamm is a prime example of this indifference to events that should be major, as he considered his mother’s death to be an inconvenience to him almost causing it to going unnoticed.…show more content…
Change seems to be a feasible idea yet there is no attempt made. The characters always arrive on the cusp of making life changing decisions, just to return to the life that were already living. Several times Estragon and Vladimir decide to leave and abandon their waiting, only to sit and stay. Vladimir and Clov especially, while in different stories, have the same experience of knowing that their lives are headed nowhere, having the ability to change them, and choosing to remain in the current situation. Vladimir openly suffers with his decision, becoming even lonelier in a sense because of his new found knowledge. We can assume Clov suffers a similar fate of unhappiness seeing he has never known happiness before and chooses not to leave the house, remaining quiet on the sidelines, much like his actual presence in the house. The lives Beckett illustrates through his characters are going nowhere of importance and offer very little to the
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