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by Samuel Beckett

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How is Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot an absurd drama?

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Not only is Waiting for Godot an absurdist drama, it is quite absurd in and of itself. The play has little in the way of plot, with extremely vague and confusing dialogue that is quite nonsensical in nature, and the characters themselves are unreliable. The characters are waiting for the never-seen character Godot, who said he would meet them near the spot at which they find themselves. However, the two men bicker constantly about when or if he would arrive and seem confused about their intention to be there.

As an absurdist drama, it explores Beckett’s ideas on human existence and purpose. In light of an increasingly dark and distraught world, Beckett argues that our existence is as futile and absurd as the actions of the characters in his play. We are waiting on some unknown force to save us or some purpose towards which to strive, but, at least in Beckett’s eyes, neither of those things will happen.

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From a logical standpoint, almost nothing that happens in Waiting for Godot makes any...

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