The Theme of Truth in Waiting For Godot

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The absurd play “Waiting for Godot” which was written by Samuel Beckett after the Second World War in French. This play was the first play which was so absurd so preposterous for the public that the name “Theatre of Absurd” was coined to classify such plays and drama. The play was first performed in a small theatre in Paris 1953 it was quite farce because of the low comedy and the absurd situations it gave the public. This public greatly countenanced the play and soon the work or rather say the play was translated in English by Beckett Himself. The fact that makes the play Waiting for Godot so unique is its absurdity and incongruity to the audience or the readers; it partially displays it absurdity through the uncertainty of the truth told at many instances throughout the play. There is no explicit end to the play, and this leaves the reader and audience spurious towards the end of the play. The scintillate in the play is not only lit up by its absurdity, but the aspect of truth that the playwright addendum to the play. The play can be classified as a vehicle which is driven by lack of truth or in the words of simple reader or the audience the truth in this play is quite uncertain. Being uncertain of the consequences which the character claims so be the reason of why they act in such less meaningful and capricious way. While the presence of truth is objective or say detached from the play, at every instance each statement is brought to be questioned in the audiences or the reader’s mind even common labels such as the color, time, and names become dogmatic and chimerical. In an Article by Misty Jones the perspective of Anurag Sharma for the play written by Beckett. Here Anurag Sharma says that “Truth Is Subjective” he claims that... ... middle of paper ... ...Estragon’s setting the setting with Pozzo and Lucky is also the same, the setting being so labile the characters are not sure of their existence, it comes to point when they question themselves do they really exist, and why? Not only in the existence of Vladimir and Estragon and other characters, there is also uncertainty in the existence of Godot himself because the audience or the reader never get to experience the character and look of Godot. Since the play has an abrupt ending with the audience or readers left to decide the conclusion on their own, they could start to question the very existence of Godot, leaving uncertainty in the minds of many readers or audience. Hence I conclude by saying that the play has a lot of uncertainty within the truth it contains. Works Cited Beckett, Samuel. The Complete Dramatic Works. London: Faber and Faber, 1990. Print.
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