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In spite of the fact that Waiting for Godot has no spectacle no star-part no sex no love or romance no traditional story no melodrama and action of the traditional drama no emotions and not even a woman character it has proved itself to be a world-theatre and a gripping and popular play and it has occupied the minds of its readers and play-goers Though the nightmarish post-war world is the immediate cause background for the outcome of this great masterpiece Beckett with all his economy and artistic brilliance dexterously and superbly blends the topical and universal elements in it Though Waiting for Godot is a post-modern production or to be more precise post-war European civilization Becketts handling of universal theme waiting or endless expectation and human predicament has turned the play into one which transcends time and place In the play the playwright uses the universal theme of waiting and human suffering to dramatize the inner anguish and predicament of the post-war humanity 20th century is an era of nightmares The two Great Wars especially the Second World War through its massive wholesale brutal and diabolical destruction of mankind gave a rude and terrible shock to the civilization The outbreak of such an sense-perplexing strife and antagonism shakes the very foundation of civilization the impact is a heavy and irresistible one - human dream and aspirations are terribly shattered traditional values no more appeal to human heart in short in the aftermath of the war life becomes purposeless and absolutely pointless pessimism and despondency dominated the-then European world Becketts Waiting for Godot is a poignant expression of the pessimism and despair of his contemporary period In this play Beckett describes a mood a tone towards life where mans existence is s dilemma of purposeless meaningless and pointless activity Beckett does not present the grim picture of humanity at odds with the alien universe as a tragic vision rather he presents a horrible picture
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