Samuel Beckett

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Waiting for Godot (1 pagine formato pdf)

Life and works
Samuel Beckett was born in Foxrock near Dublin.
He was educated at Trinity College where he studied French and Italian. In his life he travelled a lot around the world in fact in 1928 he went to Paris where he met James Joyce whit whom he formed an important friendship. Then he went to Germany, France, Ireland and London but he settled permanently in France. When France was occupied by german, Beckett found shelter in a farm near Avignon. This period was the most productive of his life. Most of his novels were translated in French such as Endgame and his dramatic work “Waiting for Godot “. With this last work Beckett was known as a playwright.
He was associated with the “theatre of the absurd”. He received the Nobel Prize in 1969 and he died in 1989.
WAITING FOR GODOT
The plot This work is divided in 2 acts. The protagonists are Vladimir and Estragon who are trapped on stage, waiting for Godot a mysterious figure. Without knowing where to go they talk about the time and the place of their “appointment” with Godot who appears the only way to go away from that situation They made a lot of discussion and they also experiment the idea of killing themselves. Their conversation is becoming fragmented when suddenly 2 figures appear: Pozzo and his servant Lucky. Subsequently a boy appears with a message saying that Godot will arrive the next day. The second act can be considered the repetition of the first one even if something change: Pozzo and Lucky once again make their appearance but this time Pozzo doesn’ t remember anything about the previous day.