Beckett's Waiting for Godot
Morgan Schuler and Ashley Lee
Wednesday 13 November 2013, 6 p.m. section
Outline of Recitation
- Introduction to Waiting for Godot (about one minute)
- Author information
- Short plot summary
- Recitation (roughly 2 minutes)
- More background information about the play and the author (roughly 3 minutes):
- Samuel Beckett wrote it in French and then translated it to English — why it's so stilted sounding
- Background on the characters (Godot is never seen, only talked about)
- Explain absurdism
- 16 minutes of discussion about Waiting for Godot: (about 4 minutes per topic)
- Morgan will discuss theatre of the absurd and how it applies to the passage.
- Example question: What components of this passage immediately portray its absurdism?
- Ashley will discuss the setting of the passage, and connect it to larger course themes.
- Example questions: What significance does the dead tree play in this scene, if any?
- Morgan will discuss the theme of choices and how choices play an important role in the passage.
- Example Questions: Do the men seem happy about their choices, or that they
- Ashley will discuss the character's concept of time and how it affects their memory.
- Example Questions: How reliable are Vladmir and Estragon of their memories of their interactions with Godot? Do they seem to have a realistic grasp of the passage of time?