The Paradox of Hope and Inaction in Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot: An Existential Exploration


Faiza Jabbar,Adeela George


This research delves into the existential complexities of Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, uncovering the paradoxical relationship between hope and inaction. Through a critical analysis of play’s themes, characters and philosophical underpinnings, this study reveals how Beckett’s characters, Vladimir and Estragon, embody the existential struggle between the desire for meaningful change and the inertia of inaction. Despite their hope for a better future, they remain stuck in a cycle of waiting, exemplifying the existential nihilist philosophy that life is purposeless and human existence is insignificant. This research contributes to the understanding of existentialist thought and its literary representation, shedding light on the human condition’s complexities and the futility of seeking meaning in a seemingly meaningless world. Ultimately, this study demonstrates how Beckett’s Waiting for Godot continues to resonate with contemporary audiences, offering a powerful critique of human existence and the human condition.