Essay Hope in Waiting for Godot and Wall E
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The individual and society living in the 20th Century has changed a great deal. This is shown in many texts such as animated film Wall E created by Pixar and Waiting for Godot written by Samuel Beckett, an Irish writer, dramatist and poet. The major wars that happened in the 20th Century which were WWI, World War II and the Cold War affected many writers’ opinions and attitudes to everything in the world and all the mass murder and bombings had caused so much misery and torment. Waiting for Godot was written during the Cold War and World War II so this reflected on Samuel Beckett’s attitude on plain life. Samuel Beckett implied that there was no meaning to life and we were ‘Waiting for Godot’, our savior, who never comes. Conversely, the…show more content…
The notion of hope is highlighted throughout the play when either Vladimir or Estragon says “Let’s go,” then the other would reply “We can’t, we’re waiting for Godot.” This quote conveys that at least one of the two tramps has hope and is waiting for Godot.
This all shows the true attitude of Samuel Beckett which is human existence is pointless. An example of an absurdist scene is the scene of Lucky and his thinking hat. Lucky who is a slave of Pozzo is instructed to think for Estragon and Vladimir. As Lucky starts to think, the two tramps run in terror trying to hide behind the scenery like the thin tree and small rock then each other. Beckett’s attitude towards the individual and society living in the 20th century is negative. This is shown as the scenery and props are bleak. All the colours are gray and gloomy while the props i.e. tree looks dead and wilted. A very powerful technique that Beckett used was he stripped everything down to the bare necessity of things which meant he only used the necessary parts. Wall E is a computer animated science fiction film produced by Pixar Animation Studios which stars a rubbish compacting robot called Wall E. He is the only robot left on Earth after the Earth’s atmosphere becomes toxic due to all the rubbish that was built up over the years. In the film, Earth is not how it is today. There are still skyscrapers, but these are made from cubes which Wall E compacts. Despite
"Waiting For Godot": Is It Useful To Consider This Play A Comedy?
"Waiting for Godot" is a particularly funny play revolving around two seemingly homeless men who are waiting for someone named Godot who, in no uncertain terms, will never arrive. There are multiple scenes revolving around the characters, particularly Estragon and Vladimir, acting out as clowns and being nonsensical, that appear to be fabricated with the sole purpose of invoking laughter. Undoubtedly, Waiting for Godot can be considered a comedy. However, the play is a prominent example of the group of plays considered of the theatre of the absurd genre. Considering this, and what the theatre of the absurd stands for (acknowledged or not), it can be said that while Waiting for Godot is a comedy, it is not necessarily useful to consider it as such.
It is useful to examine many plays as comedies, if for nothing else than to apply theories to them to further analyze exactly why we, as human beings, laugh. Waiting for Godot is not one of them because none of the theories of comedy apply to it. The excerpts from Esslin's book outlines the traditions typically associated with the theatre of the absurd, and Beckett's play clear lies within the limits. He quotes Ionesco in his introduction as saying "Absurd is what which is devoid of purpose... Cut off from his religious, metaphysical, and transcendental roots, man is lost; all his actions become senseless, absurd, useless." and this conveys the play's premise; Estragon and Vladimir continue to do things with no stated or assumable purpose other than to pass the time. They are constantly anticipating nightfall, simply because it marks the end of the day that they have spent doing nothing other than waiting. While it is known that the theatre of the absurd does not claim to be conscious of its placement within its category, plays that are defined as such project the senselessness of life and "abandonment of rational devices and discursive thought" (Esslin,...
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