In Search of Enlightenment by Reading Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot

Literaria: An International Journal of New Literature Across the World 5 (1-2):37-55 (2015)
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Beckett’s philosophical indebtedness has long been recognised – especially in conjunction with Dante, Descartes and Geulincx. In this article, I examine Beckettian universal values of Enlightenment, which will be exposed as self-serving mystifications that rationalize and instrumentalize the meaning of life. In this context, the awareness of the Enlightenment nature of Beckett’s writing in Waiting for Godot will be analysed along with the freedom appeal of his reader as he strives to attain the enlightenment

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