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Waiting for Godot

by Samuel Beckett

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Why does Beckett give precise stage settings in Waiting for Godot?

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Theatre is a visual medium as well as one that relies on sound and dialogue to tell its story. Becket's plays are known to often be reliant upon very specific visual descriptions for setting, staging and movement (this is certainly true in his very short play Come and Go). The appearance of settings adds psychological depth to the dialogue, and often the physical settings are symbolic of deeper meanings. In Waiting for Godot, for example, the single bare tree is a symbol with a number of possible meanings: apocalypse, the afterlife, the interior of the soul, or many other possibilities.

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