Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" Comparison Essay

Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot"
A review and comparison of Jon Erickson's "Is Nothing to Be Done?" and Richard Begam's "How to Do Nothing with Words, or Waiting for Godot as Perfomativity".
# 117520 | 1,254 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2008 | US
Published on Dec 07, 2009 in Drama and Theater (World) , English (Analysis)


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The paper examines two articles that review Samuel Becketts' play "Waiting for Godot". The paper notes that both of the articles' authors, Erickson and Begam, choose to go step by step in their analysis. The paper also shows how Begam's article is more focused on the structure and form of the play while Erickson's article is more focused on the content and its meaning.

From the Paper:

"In evaluating Jon Erickson's "Is Nothing to Be Done?" and Richard Begam's "How to Do Nothing with Words, or Waiting for Godot as Perfomativity", I found a similar belief that Samuel Becketts' play has a lot to say about the power of words in everyday life. It is also a play that touches on the justice and injustice of life, which as stated by Erickson can be summarized by saying that "We see how human, all too human, the world is, or becomes, when we require that it all mean, which means a sense of justice" (267). He sees Becketts' play as one that questions the sufferings of the world and how humans are always looking for someone to blame. Like Erickson, Begam also looks at the point Beckett is making in this original play by saying that "humankind is without agency, without hope, without meaning" (145). It is a constant in both articles that Becketts' play focuses on the meaning of life and what it truly means to be alive in a world where not much makes sense."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Begam, Richard. "How to Do Nothing with Words, or Waiting for Godot as Performativity." Modern Drama 50:2 (2007): 138-167.
  • Erickson, Jon. "Is Nothing to Be Done?." Modern Drama 50:2 (2007) 258-75.

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