• Was born in Dublin 1906 and studied French and Italian
• in 1928 he goes to Paris where he met Joyce
• during his life goes to Germany, France, Ireland and London.
• He received the Nobel Prize in 1969
• He died in 1989
• It is Irish and wrote most of his works abroad.
• He wrote principally theatrical works.
• One of the most important works is Waiting for Godot
• All the works of Beckett have an inclination philosophical: he was not interested in telling stories, but wanted to present situations and characters that would show the absurdity, the meaninglessness of reality and the tragic destiny of man.
• According to Beckett reality is absurd, therefore the theatrical works are absurd.
• Theatre of the Absurd: is difficult to understand, there is no plot, there are few props and the stage is empty.
Waiting for Godot
• There are two lines of thought on the title: 1) The name is divided into God-ot and it means waiting for God. 2) The word Godot is divided into Go-dot and means to go and stop, then takes up the theme of immobility.
• Name inspired by a name of a French cyclist
• The main theme is that of waiting continues.
• The main topics are those of expectation continues and man empty
• The two acts are virtually identical and critics say that nothing happens twice
• the two characters are two clowns that look like tramps. are friends and waiting all the time for Godot
• At the end of the two acts shows a child who says: Godot does not arrive, but arrive tomorrow
• The scenes represent what goes on inside the human soul
• The work has no real plot, there are no major actions: everything is built around the dialogue between the characters. In this regard, one of the first critics, Vivian Mercier, he reviewed the work with these words: "Waiting for Godot is a play in which nothing happens, twice."
Vladimir and Estragon, two vagabonds, are straned on a dark, dreary, empty plateau and wait for somebody called Godot, about whom little is known, either who he is, or whether he actually exists at all. At the end of each of the two acts a small boy shows up who assures the hoboes that Godot will definetly show up tomorrow. Two more people suddenly show up on the scene: Pozzo, a very brutal fellow, leading his victim Lucky on a leash as they amble onto the stage to join the waiting hoboes. On Pozzo's orders, Lucky must "think" - and he utters a slew of words without meaningful context. Vladimir and Estragon don't join in this strange game the pair practise, but remain passively waiting, innocently inactive. Beckett lived in France from 1937 until his death. This most "apolitical" of writers joined the French Resistance during the period of German occupation of France; from 1942-1945 Beckett worked as a labourer in the countryside. "Waiting for Gogot", originally written in French, appeared in printed form in 1952; it was first performed on 1 May 1953 in Paris.