What features of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot question theatrical conventions?

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Waiting for Godot is an absurdist play, and because of this, it defies theatrical conventions in numerous ways. The play is more of a philosophical exercise in the idea of futility and human existence than anything else. The first way that it defies convention is that there really is no legitimate plot. The main characters are waiting: the entire play is about them waiting and discussing if they should move on. But the titular Godot never arrives, and the plot never moves on. In fact, other characters come through and mention events that may have occurred or might happen in the future if only the characters would leave their post, but the characters never depart and never initiate the plot.

Additionally, the setting is essentially a void and meaningless place; the only sign of a setting is a lonesome tree near which the men encamp. In fact, even the time of the setting seems rather dubious. It is in evening, but there is not much else said to describe it, and each subsequent day passes...

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