Beckett's social awareness through philosophy Would you agree/disagree that Beckett shows social awareness through philosophical ideas in Waiting for Godot?

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accessteacher | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I would argue he shows significant social awareness through his treatment of the theme of loneliness, which is of course something that is becoming increasingly important as more and more people are living to an older age and are ending up by themselves. The presentation of characters such as Estragon and Vladimir clearly focuses on the way that this is such an important and vital issue that is of increasing importance to us in our day and age.

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litteacher8 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I think that Beckett displays a great deal of social awareness.  Through a simple story, he shows us the meaning of life or lack thereof.  This means that Beckett was an observer and describer of human nature.  He reflected on life as he saw it.  Each person should get a slightly different version from the play.