Idiocy and Forlorn Features in Samuel Beckett’s Play “Waiting for Godot”

Mohammad Owais Khan, Saudi Arabia


The aim of this paper is to express the idiocy and forlorn elements in Samuel Beckett’s play ‘Waiting for Godot’. To achieve the goals of the research, it is necessary to investigate deeply a blend of comic and pathos involved in the play. These elements are: first, the idiocy which basically depends on the special language of the play, the pitiful and deplorable elements and the use of irony and satire. The play was written in 1949, translated into many languages and it is still performed in many countries all around the world. Waiting for Godot is hailed as one of the masterpieces of the theatre of absurd. With the manifestation of this play on the horizon there came a revolution in the theatre of the twentieth century that was to continue for a long time to come and influence many writers thereafter. Beckett shades light on the sociological and moralistic perspective with the tinge of humour and pathos. His excellent imagination and literary skill create an unforgettable imprint in the minds of his readers.


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