Language in Waiting for Godot


  • ghanim eubayd eatyawi University of Kufa- College of Arts





Language is what determines the regulated world, the signification of which provides the foundation of our culture, our activities and our relations. It defines our identity as a form of reassurance. It deals not only with the impossibilities of knowing the motivation of human beings, but also presents the problem of communication between human beings. Speech is, undoubtedly, the proof of existence as well as a manner of contending silence, solitude and death, and it is man’s unique heritage.
Absurd dramatists’ use of language probes the limitations of language both as a means of communication and as an instrument of thought as there can be no definite meanings in a world deprived of values, principles and virtues. They have chosen to write in a language devoid of content to become the adequate representation of stagnant life; they present language as an inefficient tool to express one’s thought, to comprehend the world, or to define one’s self. So, Becket materialized the absurdity of modern life and human condition in his play.


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عطيوي غانم عبيد. “Language in Waiting for Godot”. Kufa Journal of Arts, vol. 1, no. 14, Nov. 2012, pp. 9 – 28, doi:10.36317/kaj/2012/v1.i14.6279.

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