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The Theatre of the absurd


Main features:

- Absence of a real story or a plot,
- Vagueness about time, place, characters;
- The value of language is reduced: people speak no sense, meaningless;
- Use of pauses, silence.

Waiting for Godot

‘Waiting for Godot is a tragicomedy (the tone is sad but tempered by comic) written by Beckett in 1952. It was written in French but then translate into Italian because Beckett wanted to avoid the prolixity.
Godot comes from ‘God’ – God will not came to the earth to save everybody- and ‘ot’ by Pierrot and Charlot who always are sad.

Structure

The play is divided into two acts.

Main characters

Main characters are two tramps, homeless, Estragon and Vladimir ‘Gogo’ and ‘Didi’ who are on a country road (it gives the idea of journey, but is all static) waiting for the mysterious ‘Godot’ who eventually sends them a boy to inform that he won’t came (an hope deferred).
Estragon and Godot are two clowns, with bowls hat; they represent mankind because man’s condition is laughable. The only two certain things are birth and death, the space inside them is empty, all the things we use to fill this space (philosophy, literature) are only fillers. During our life we try to not get lost and to wait for something that will improve it, but the only thing certainly will come is death.
They quarrel and they think about suicide in each act, but they need each other and they had to wait.
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