Waiting for Godot is a notable literary work by Samuel Beckett. A complete discussion of this literary work is given, which will help you enhance your literary skills and prepare for the exam. Read the main text, key info, Summary, Themes, Characters, Literary Devices, Quotations, Notes, to various questions of Waiting for Godot.
“Waiting for Godot” is a classic and existential play by Samuel Beckett. The play was first published in French in 1952 as “En attendant Godot” and later translated into English in 1954. It is a prominent work in the Theater of the Absurd movement. The play is characterized by its existential and often absurd themes. Here are some key facts about the play:
Writer: Samuel Beckett (1906-89)
Full Name of the Author: Samuel Barclay Beckett
Original Title: En attendant Godot.
Genre: Absurd Drama/ Tragicomedy.
Published date: 1952 in French in the title “En attendant Godot”. 1954 in English.
Number of acts: Two.
Time Setting: Post Second World War.
Place Setting: A country road near a leafless tree.
Moral lesson: Here, Godot is God or someone whose arrival will change the fate of these two; that’s what they think. But man has to change his destiny himself. Here, life is presented as meaningless. That is, you have to try to change your destiny. Being dependent on others or waiting on others means making life meaningless.