Perceiving Reality through Absurdity: a Prime Projection in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Ahmad’s the Thing

  • Shahnaj Parvin Lecturer, Department of English, City University, Dhaka, Bangladesh https://orcid.org/0000-0003-3495-9124
  • Rahman M Mahbub Associate Professor, Department of English, City University, Dhaka, Bangladesh
Keywords: Absurdity, Endurance, Existence, Reality, New meaning of life, Go on

Abstract

This paper offers an in-depth analysis of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Ahmad’s The Thing with the focus on the sense of craving to go on and to endure the existence, the ultimate reality of human life. Between these two extraordinary playwrights of Absurd Theatre, one is from the West, and the other is from the East. So, a meticulous survey on these two selected plays unfolds trajectories of convergence. This research will show that though the two plays are of two opposite continents, they are primly projecting the same theme of realizing reality through absurdity using the same structural techniques of absurd drama. The researchers find it remarkable that despite an outwardly hopeless fate, both the plays express the human spirit of continuing life through endurance and invite the audience to win the absurdity of life by enduring it. Such is reality, and,
in both the plays, this realization of accepting reality comes through absurdity. However, it is narrative research that follows the descriptive-cum analytical method, and the relevant textual references are given as evidence to support the argument of this study.

Published
2020-07-02
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Parvin, S., & M Mahbub, R. (2020). Perceiving Reality through Absurdity: a Prime Projection in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot and Ahmad’s the Thing. Shanlax International Journal of Arts, Science and Humanities, 8(1), 1-6. https://doi.org/10.34293/sijash.v8i1.3242
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