An Insight into Human Sufferings: on Beckett’s Waiting for Godot

Yue-hua GUO


This paper is focused on the sufferings brought about to the two tramps by their aimless waiting for Godot, an unknown person who promises to come but fails to show up again and again. By the analysis of such elements as physical and mental pain, meaninglessness of waiting, the flow of time, human relations, life and death that the two tramps experience in their waiting that reflect human pain in the paper, the author tries to reveal the fact that existence seems to be something imposed upon us by an unknown force and we suffer as a result of it as there seems no apparent meaning. Thus, the conclusion is reached that, man’s tragedy comes from a double source—an internal one arising from his finite nature and an external one in which that nature collides with the world.
Key Words: human condition human suffering tragic fate meaninglessness
Résumé: L’article présent se concentre sur les souffrances de deux clochards entraînées par leur attente sans but de Godot, un inconnu qui, promettant de venir, n’apparaît pas toujours. A travers l’analyse des éléments, tels que les douleurs physique et mentale, l’attente insignifiante, l’écoulement du temps, les relations humaines, la vie et la mort que les deux chochards connaissent durant leur attente, qui reflètent les souffrances humaines, l’auteur tente de révéler le fait que l’existence semble quelque chose imposée par une force inconnue et que nous en souffrons dans la mesure où il n’y a aucun sens apparent. Ainsi, on tire la conclusion : la tragédie de l’homme provient de deux sources – l’une, interne, naît de sa nature limitée et l’autre, externe, émane de la collision entre sa nature et le monde.
Mots-Clés: conditions humaines, souffrances humaines, destin tragique, insignifiance

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