Twentieth century theatre witnessed a number of experiments. It was, needless to reiterate, an age of avant-garde. “Waiting For Godot” is work of that age which still shakes my numb limbs to the core! Beckett’s unusual creation that revolutionized the world of literature with the ‘mute’ dialogues. I still recall what was there in the play… I had a luck to read this play during my studies.
Voltaire, do you remember what he said about God? He said, “Si Dieu n’existait pas, il faudrait l’inventer.” Rendering the words into The English language will reflect something like, “if God did not exist, it would be necessary to invent him.” Beckett seems to be playing with this very idea. He does not let the momentum die and the characters somehow make us believe that they are waiting for the Godot… God!
Well, most of the people debate about the philosophy inherit in the play Waiting for Godot. However, Beckett, on many occasions, has clearly denied it. He said that the play was written with no purpose at all! It was meant to be a farce and it became too. Nevertheless, people have ascribed different philosophies to the play. To the scholars, this play appears as an instance full of the examples of rootlessness, existential philosophy and dilemma of humanity. What ends do you want to extract from the play?
The clear message, if I say, in the play, there is none! There may be a thousand interpretations or even more than that! In the play, as far as I remember, there are no any instances of happiness, joy, merrymaking… allwhere round, sadness and sorrows and hopeless dilemma prevails!
This is by far my interpretation of the play… what do you think?