Different Facets as Meaningful and Meaningless: An Enigmatic Analysis of Samuel Becket’s Waiting for Godot

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Dr. Sahibzada Aurangzeb, Mubashir Ahmad, Saqib Javed


This study highlights the different facets as meaningful and meaningless in Samuel Becket’s Waiting for Godot. The different contradictory occurrences with alternative meanings, sometime, meaningless in the text of the play. The theoretical frame work for the analysis of text is used to highlight the issues through Post-Structuralist Marxist theorists, Louis Althusser and Pierre Macherey, the key points are concerned with the discussion and concentrates on the theory of decentred or disparate text. The analysis is based on identification of gap, silence and none verbal cues in the text, and analysed through context analysis. To attach meanings with the non-verbal cues in text, context plays an important rule to find out the contradiction and disparity of meaning within the text and its ideological content. The analysis confirmed that the ideological processes in which the author is observed silent at certain stages by highlighting to tell the truth in his own way. Humanity is represented through characters while the setting of the play shows the existence of human beings. The words and phrases produced by the characters represent human condition in the world. The results of this paper would enable the readers in general and research scholars in particular, to attach meanings of the unspoken portions in a particular context. The scholars are expected to understand the variety of meanings in Waiting for Godot.

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