AD's English Literature : Beckett’s "Waiting for Godot" an Avant Garde Play?

Thursday, March 15, 2012

Beckett’s "Waiting for Godot" an Avant Garde Play?

Avant-Garde is the sector of the arts that draws its inspiration from the invention and application of new or unconventional techniques and is therefore on the vanguard or cutting edge of new styles. Participants in the creative process can be considered members of the avant-garde. We can mention a few avant-garde theater and playwrights:   Antonin Artaud; Samuel Beckett; Bertolt Brecht; Jean Cocteau; Friedrich Dürrenmatt; Jean Genet; Eugène Ionesco; Alfred Jarry; Vsevolod Meyerhold.

Waiting For Godot is a landmark in modern drama for its new dramatic experience. Audience at its first performance become disgusted, puzzled and some wildly enthusiastic. Infact, the epoc making drama has some distinct aspects. The play has an austere stage setting almost bare and shorn of stage properties an open road, a mound of earth and a bare tree. Next, as a protagonist we find two tramps, Valdimir and Estragon in Godot. The late European profound sense of meaninglessness and rootlessness in life reflects monologues and silences in the drama mythically. Again Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, portrays two tramps waiting for a character named Godot. They are not sure who Godot is, whether he will show up to meet them, and indeed whether he actually exists, but they spend each day waiting for him and trying to understand the world in which they live. Beckett often reduced character, plot, and dialogue to a minimum in an effort to highlight fundamental questions of human existence.  

The drama is further noted for its static nature as the plot lacks linear progression or there is no basic change in the protagonists’ situation. Further, the play is suffice with various thing alike the daming, clowning, fashioning, mining, musicality etc. Thus in analyzing these it is fair to say Waiting For Godot a play of new literary device with skill and dexterity.   

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