Existentialism In Samuel Beckett's Waiting For Godot By Albert Camus

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No human being follows the same path in life. No person behaves the exact same way as another. As individuals, humans forge their own path, exclusive from that of another. They choose their passions, their habits, their interests, and the person they strive to embrace. Humans add purpose to their lives, whether they live a meaningless life or a meaningful one. Two authors explore existentialism and the purpose of an individual’s life in their novels. Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett deals with two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, whose main purpose is to bring meaning into their lives by waiting for a character who never appears. The Stranger by Albert Camus, on the other hand, deals with a character named Meursault, his first name never…show more content…
Meursault is a unique character in that he is indifferent to the world and has paved a meaningless life for himself. He just does not care about anything. When his mother died, one would at least expect him to feel sad or even remember his mother’s age. He did not even know the exact date she died. And while he was attending the funeral, he did not even want to see his own mother’s body one last time. He did not shed one tear. After the funeral, he was looking forward to going home and sleeping. One would expect him to be depressed since he had just lost an important figure in his life. Instead, the day after returning to his home, he went to the beach, met a girl, and took her…show more content…
While Vladimir appears mature, Estragon seems to have qualities that are more childlike. He is always dependent on Vladimir and requires his assistance for the simplest things, such as taking off his boots. Estragon even repeats phrases several times, such as asking to leave the stage, and even randomly says things in between conversations. Vladimir even calls Estragon “nothing more than a little heap of bones” (Beckett 3). Similarly, Lucky depends on Pozzo. He obeys Pozzo and literally does everything he says; he dances and thinks when commanded. Lucky does not intend to leave Pozzo and he does not seem as independent as Estragon. Whereas Estragon seems to have a mind of his own and is his own individual, Lucky is more dependent on Pozzo. Estragon thinks for himself, has his own thoughts, and for the most part, is in full control of his

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