Social and Aesthetic Mediations in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot

Nov 9 2010

By
Pomak Frank Tengya
Department of Theatre and Film Arts, University of Jos

The artistry of Beckett’s drama succinctly captures the social upheavals that have characterized twentieth Century society. This paper examines the playwright’s incisive reflection on the inhuman events that shook the world as a result of the economic depression and the Second World War. His metaphoric representations of man and his society, through the use of absurdist drama mode is a testament of his quest for a more open and progressive social order. The play Waiting for Godot is a sad commentary on the daily travails of the human race, the paper also examines the aesthetic value of Beckett’s drama through his choice of characters, locale, the dialogue and the nature of the dramatic plot. The ability of the playwright to subsume the unending nature of human suffering, in the plot and characterization shows to a large extent the nature and form of the twentieth century drama. That the drama of that period is influenced by the social, economic and religious occurrences of the period as a result of this, the nature of the drama is highly eclectic. Beckett therefore, uses his poetic license to recreate the issues within his society in the form of drama; this is because one of the social duties of an artist is to write about his society no matter how painful the issues on the platform of discourse may be.

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