Samuel Beckett: vita, opere e Aspettando Godot

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Riassunto della vita e le opere di Samuel Beckett e trama, caratteristiche e significato della sua opera Waiting for Godot (1 pagine formato pdf)


Samuel Beckett.

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.

Analisi e significato del monologo di Lucky di Aspettando Godot


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. The boy also returns and he talks about the same message of the previous day. At the end of the play Vladimir and Estragon make the decision to leave but remain standing where they are.


Characters without a role The characters of this play haven’ t a real personality. They have no memory of who they are and they’re very confused and it’s for this reason that this performance is considered a great comedy; also because Beckett uses an elaborate language game in which there a lot of double sense and double meaning. However on the one hand the play is considered a comedy, but on the other hand it may be tragic, as in the case in
which the 2 protagonist attempt at suicide. For this reason Beckett called the play “tragicomedy”.


The figure of godot. Godot is the most important figure of the play. Even if he doesn't appears. Some critics says that Godot refers to the absence of god in the modern world but Beckett rejected this interpretation. God can also be read as a word game: go-dot (stop).