Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
"Well? Shall we go?" "Yes, let's go." [They do not move.]: -Vernacular Comedy and Waiting for Godot.
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Languages.
2014 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay discusses the relationship between the characters Vladimir and Estragon in Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot and the vernacular clowning tradition. The discussion is supported by analyzing similarities between Waiting for Godot and Mikhail Bakhtin’s concept of grotesque realism as it is presented in his work Rabelais and His World, as well as elements of the Italian Commedia dell’Arte and 20th century silent movie comedy. The essay concludes that Beckett was considerably influenced by vernacular comic elements and utilised these influences in his play Waiting for Godot in order to question the high level of artificiality in Modernist literature.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2014. , 23 p.
Keyword [en]
Beckett Godot comedy Bakhtin clown humour
National Category
Specific Languages
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-32471OAI: diva2:698844
Subject / course
Educational program
Language, Culture and Communication Programme, 180 credits
Available from: 2014-03-04 Created: 2014-02-25 Last updated: 2014-03-04Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(501 kB)925 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 501 kBChecksum SHA-512
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

By organisation
Department of Languages
Specific Languages

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 925 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 507 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link