Waiting for Godot - Please offer a brief analysis of the most important points of the play.

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As a memorable sample of the theatre of the absurd, Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot follows the characteristics of this genre, to include:

  • A bleak vision of the human condition
  • A consistent questioning of the purpose of existence
  • The lack of worthiness of typical human dynamics

The play is not meant to follow a linear nor conventional series of events. It is not even meant to teach a morale, nor instill any kind of special message in its audience. The mere fact that the characters "exist", even though they do so in their weird and nonsensical way, is the essence of the main theme: That the human condition is a non-sequential number of diverse experiences through which we go, unprepared, to learn what we can, if we can.

The characters of the story seem all to depend on each other, which is a very important subtopic: Human existence is meant to occur through connecting to others either physically, emotionally, cosmically, or even psychologically. Of all the possible absurdities in theme that we find in Waiting for Godot, the need for human connection seems to be the only one that consistently survives.

In the end, nothing out of the ordinary occurs: There are no heroes, no lessons to be learned, no adventures coming to a closure. It simply stops; much like life does when it comes to its own end. Therefore, the main key to understand about this play is that it is simply a mirror of human existence within a specific moment in time. Nothing more nor nothing less is expected to happen, nor will it happen either.