Examples Of Existentialism In Waiting For Godot

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The world of Existentialism is a result of the destruction of individualism and the deterioration of the human condition. As the characters display helplessness and a lack of identity, they are exposed to a universe that is far beyond their capabilities and understanding. Through their meaningless action, they go about their lives with no purpose. Although Waiting for Godot is not an existential piece because Samuel Beckett himself did not identify as an existentialist, the play contains traits of existentialism in the characters themselves, the reoccurring theme of waiting over time, and the overall hidden meaning and message behind the play. In this play, Samuel Beckett introduces two flat characters that do nothing more than exist in the…show more content…
The lack of individuality that both Vladimir and Estragon possess can also be related to their lack of memory. Vladimir has a stronger memory than Estragon and helps him by remembering for him, therefore helping establish his identity (“Analysis”). By remembering for Estragon, Vladimir also helps remind Estragon of his existence. Estragon cannot even remember a kick from Lucky the day before, therefore proving that he does not have a distinct past. (Valentine). Without a strong meaning or a purpose, Vladimir and Estragon go on to live a pointless existence in which their lives are full of despair and suffering. In their world full of repetition and suffering, it is necessary that they remember each other because no one else in the play remembers them. Pozzo proves that he does not remember who Vladimir and Estragon are in the line, “I don’t remember having met someone yesterday” (Valentine). This line also provides existentialist ideas such as a lack of individuality and a sense of helplessness by being subject to memory loss. It also shows that the existential trait of helplessness is found in all of the characters in the play. Perhaps Samuel Beckett included this message to show the readers how important it is for one to find purpose in his or her own
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