Waiting for Godot

I found a reference to this play in some blog post I was reading, and realizing that I did not know what this famous play was about, decided to read it. The text can be found here. I gave up halfway through the first act. I wonder what perversion of concepts allows anyone to call this art.

According to Wikipedia, there are various interpretations of this “play”. Apparantly, there is a whole body of “intellectuals” in the humanities, who derive their intellectual status from assigning interpretations to what I can only describe as meaningless gibberish.

4 Responses

  1. Defenders would say it is an intelligent commentary on searching for meaning in life, and perhaps how there isn’t any. However, at some point gibberish becomes, as you say, simply gibberish.

  2. The obvious answer to that is that a man who finds no meaning in life is not intelligent.

  3. How interesting to come upon these few comments on what is widely considered to be the greatest play of the 20th Century — a work hailed by philosophers and writers and ordinary souls of the street.

    A quick rebuttal: Most people who regard “Waiting for Godot” as “gibberish” have made the understandable mistake of trying to read it. But Beckett’s work is proof that plays are meant to be seen — for nearly every individual who attends a competent production of “Godot” walks away realizing that 1) the play is a comedy and 2) Beckett has revealed more to us about the human condition than any playwright of his time.

    See the play!

  4. Beckett has revealed more about the human condition through a comedy? Why don’t you indicate what that might be?

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