In Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot, existence made up of binary oppositions, replacing one another in a never-ending cycle. The most prominent--and the most basic-- of these oppositions is that of life and death. Through an exploration of various mythological allusions made in the play, the struggle between life and death is represented as being an inescapable cycle of birth, meaningless existence, and death, only to be begun again.
[...] Dow. “Mandrake,” in The Facts on File Encyclopedia of World Mythology and Legend, third edition. (New York: Facts on File, Inc pp. 637-638). “Mandrake,” 638. “Mandrake,” 637. 10A. Mercatante, Anthony S. and James R. Dow. in The Facts on File [...]
[...] Pozzo's belief that day we were born, one day we shall die, the same day, the same second .They give birth astride a grave, the light gleams an instant, then it's night once echoes further proves that actions are meaningless in changing every humans ultimate fate. Beckett's employment of the mythological references of the willow, mandrake root, and Fortune underscore more explicit descriptions of what the essence of existence is, and it is my guess that the identification of a universal opposition between life and death, with time serving as a meaningless mediator, is Beckett supporting a Structuralist view of humanity. [...]
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