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The purpose of human life is an unanswerable question It seems impossible to find an answer because we dont know where to begin looking or whom to ask Existence to us seems to be something imposed upon us by an unknown force There is no apparent meaning to it and yet we suffer as a result of it The world seems utterly chaotic We therefore try to impose meaning on it through pattern and fabricated purposes to distract ourselves from the fact that our situation is hopelessly unfathomable Waiting for Godot is a play that captures this feeling and view of the world and characterizes it with archetypes that symbolize humanity and its behaviour when faced with this knowledge According to the play a human beings life is totally dependant on chance and by extension time is meaningless therefore a humans life is also meaningless and the realization of this drives humans to rely on nebulous outside forces which may be real or not for order and direction The basic premise of the play is that chance is the underlying factor behind existence Therefore human life is determined by chance This is established very early on when Vladimir mentions the parable of the two thieves from the Bible One of the thieves was saved Its a reasonable percentage Beckett 8 The idea of percentage is important because this represents how the fate of humanity is determined it is random and there is a percentage chance that a person will be saved or damned Vladimir continues by citing the disconcordance of the Gospels on the story of the two thieves And yethow is it - this is not boring you I hope - how is it that of the four Evangelists only one speaks of a thief being saved The four of them were there - or thereabouts - and only one speaks of a thief being saved Beckett 9 Beckett
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