Waiting for Godot
Post Modernity/ Masterplots
Why does everyone remember Waiting for Godot?
Addressed concerns after WWII
Modernity/ post modernity are very broad, but relate to the
ideas following WWII that the old model of written progress
began in the 1960’s
way Estragon and Vladimir lived is similar to how people in
France lived post war – dirty, poor, devastated world results
o experiences making sense.
pg. 52 V & E talk about nonsense
- make speech to fill up silence, and avoid thinking about the war
- “This is becoming insignificant”, failure to mean something
- pointing out there their language doesn’t mean anything
- they speak to give themselves the illusion that they exist
- if everything has been taken away from you, then what’s the
- If you can no longer trust any larger narrative then what is left?
nothing but action (why they talk/act = living)
Pg. 82 Vladimir asks what he will do tomorrow
Is there more to human life?
- Yes, there’s hope
Pg. 84 Estragon says “I can’t go on like this” & Vladimir says
“That’s what you think”