Today I want to highlight the play Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. I feel like this play is perfect for the quarantine life. A play where nothing happens as two characters wait for someone named Godot. The title itself is a play on words with “Waiting for God”.
When my English literature professor at university talked about this play, my mind was blown away. It was so hard to wrap my brain around the concept that a play could be about nothing where no event occurs.
How was that possible? The answer lies in the characters lethargy, indecision, anxieties and dependency on each other. All the above can cause inaction even if it seems like something is still going on. With that in mind, I guess it is really possible to write a book about nothing where nothing occurs.
The play falls under ‘Theatre of the absurd.” It is not quite possible for me to describe the play to you as it is more about experiencing it for yourself. Have a read for yourself and discover its absurdities.
I hope that you discovered something new today. Be sure to check out the book “Waiting for Godot” and see if it speaks to you in this quarantined life.