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Waiting For Godot

         Waiting for Godot is one of the most impotant works in our time.It revolutionized theatre in the 20th century and had a profound influence on generations of succeeding dramatists, including such renowned contemporary playwrits as Harold Pinter and Tom Stoppard.
         Initially written in French in 1948 as En Attendant Godot, Beckett's plays was published  in French in October of 1952. The world premier was held on January 5,1953,in the LeftTheatre of Babylon in Paris Bank .Later translated into English by Beckett himself as Waiting for Godot, the play was produced in London in 1955 and in the United States in 1956, and has been produced worldwide. The play initially failed in the United States, likely as a result of being misbilled as "the laugh of four continents". A subsequent production in New York City was more carefully advertised and garnered some success.
         Waiting for Godot incorporates many of the the themes and ideas that Beckett had previously discussed in his other writings.The use of the play format allowed Beckett to dramatize his ideas more carefully than before,and as one of the reasons that the play is so intense.
        Beckett often focused on the idea of " suffering of being". Most of the play deals with the fact that Estragon and Vladimir are waiting for something to alleviate their bordom.
Godot can be understood as one of the many things in life that peaple waiting for.
        The play has often been viewed as fundamentally existentialist in its take on life.The  fact that none of the characters  retain a clear mental history means that they are constantly struggling to prove their existence.Thus the boy who consistently fails to remember either of the two protagonists casts doubt on their very existence. This is why Vladimir demands to know that the boy will infact remember them the next day.
         Beckett's play came to be concidered an essential example of what Martin Esslin later called "theatre of the absurd,"  a term that Beckett disavowed but which remains a handy description for one of the most important theatre movement of the 20th century.
        "Absurd Theatre" discards traditional plot, characters,and action to assulat its audience with a disorienting experience. Characters often engage in seemingly meaningless dialogue or activities and as a result , the audience senses what it is like to live in a universe that doesn't" make sense". Beckett and others who adopted this style felt that this disoviented feeling was a more honest response to the post world war than the traditional beliefe in a rationally ordered  universe.Waiting for Godot remains the most famous example of the form of drama.


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