9780826493811

Waiting for Godot Character Studies

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  • ISBN13:

    9780826493811

  • ISBN10:

    0826493815

  • Edition: 1st
  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2008-03-12
  • Publisher: Bloomsbury Academic
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Summary

This book provides an introductory study of Beckett's most famous play, dealing not just with the four main characters but with the pairings that they form, and the implications of these pairings for the very idea of character in the play. After locating Godot within the context of Beckett's work, Lawley discusses some of the play's puzzles and difficulties - including the absent 'fifth character', Godot himself. He examines character-in-action in particular episodes and passages, drawing frequently on Beckett's revised text and paying consistent attention to the problems and possibilities of the text in performance. Book jacket.

Author Biography

Paul Lawley is Lecturer in English at the University of Plymouth, UK

Table of Contents

Series Editor's Prefacep. viii
Acknowledgementsp. xi
Introduction: An Overview of Waiting for Godotp. 1
Puzzles and Difficultiesp. 28
Pseudocouples and Characterp. 45
Alone Together: Vladimir and Estragonp. 62
In Company: Pozzo and Luckyp. 90
Conclusion: Through the Characters to the Key Themes and Issuesp. 111
Further Readingp. 114
Bibliographyp. 117
Indexp. 123
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