The theatre of the Absurd, such as Waiting for Godot, is a reflection of the hopelessness in the human condition.Explain how Waiting for Godot is representative of this statement.

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Much of Beckett's embrace of the absurd as a style relates to the themes of his work.  There is a lack of structure or coherence in the world that the characters, and we, live in.  Rather than stress this in an inauthentic manner by providing a clear structure, plot, and dialogue, Beckett wishes to ensure that the style of the drama helps to convey the meaning of it.  There is a certain hopelessness in both style and content.  The fragmented and incoherent manner of the drama's presentation relates to the fragmentation and incoherence involved in waiting for Monsieur Godot.  There is a hopelessness present in waiting for something that will not appear and the style of the drama helps to bring this out to the audience, who is left questioning why the characters behave the way they do.  It is at this point where Beckett accomplishes what he sought out to do.  When we question the audience, we actually end up questioning ourselves when we recognize our own similarity to Vladimir and Estragon.  The message and messenger in terms of style helps to bring out the full force of the condition of hopelessness that exists in consciousness.

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