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The purpose of human life is an unanswerable question It seemsimpossible to find an answer because we dont know where to begin lookingor whom to ask Existence to us seems to be something imposed upon us byan unknown force There is no apparent meaning to it and yet we sufferas a result of it The world seems utterly chaotic We therefore try toimpose meaning on it through pattern and fabricated purposes to distractourselves from the fact that our situation is hopelessly unfathomable Waiting for Godot is a play that captures this feeling and view of theworld and characterizes it with archetypes that symbolize humanity and itsbehaviour when faced with this knowledge According to the play a humanbeings life is totally dependant on chance and by extension time ismeaningless therefore a humans life is also meaningless and therealization of this drives humans to rely on nebulous outside forceswhich may be real or not for order and direction The basic premise of the play is that chance is the underlying factorbehind existence Therefore human life is determined by chance This isestablished very early on when Vladimir mentions the parable of the twothieves from the Bible One of the thieves was saved Its a reasonablepercentage Beckett 8 The idea of percentage is important becausethis represents how the fate of humanity is determined it is random andthere is a percentage chance that a person will be saved or damned Vladimir continues by citing the disconcordance of the Gospels on the storyof 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 beingsaved The four of them were there - or thereabouts - and only one speaksof a thief being saved Beckett 9 Beckett makes an important pointwith this example of how chance is woven into even the most sacred of textsthat is supposed to hold ultimate truth for
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