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Research Paper | English Language and Literature | Turkey | Volume 6 Issue 12, December 2017


Psychoanalytic Analysis of the Characters in Beckett's Waiting for Godot

Ismet Toksoz


Abstract: Samuel Becketts Waiting for Godot which is a renowned play written after the World War II primarily focuses on its post-war-period characters. The play is categorized into Theatre of the Absurd, and several studies were conducted on the post-war period and its impressions in the play. Besides, it called forth many studies on its political, biblical, psychological, and philosophical interpretations in literature. However, there were not enough studies about a full-psychoanalytic analysis of the characters. So as to fill this gap, the present study aims to analyze the two protagonists Estragon and Vladimir, and the hidden character Mr. Godot in terms of the Freudian Theory of Personality. The study benefited from a discourse analysis of these three characters according to Freuds the id, the ego, and the superego triangle. When deeply analyzed it was concluded that Vladimir who is the first voice in the play symbolizes the ego, Estragon who has the second voice symbolizes the id, and Mr. Godot who has a hidden voice symbolizes the superego of Freuds Theory of Personality. In addition, as in the case of the id, the ego, and the superego, these three characters cannot be separated from each other, they all contribute to the plot and stage development of the play.


Keywords: Waiting for Godot, theatre of the absurd, the Freudian Theory of Personality, characterization in Waiting for Godot, Sigmund Freud


Edition: Volume 6 Issue 12, December 2017,


Pages: 66 - 68


How to Cite this Article?

Ismet Toksoz, "Psychoanalytic Analysis of the Characters in Beckett's Waiting for Godot", International Journal of Science and Research (IJSR), https://www.ijsr.net/get_abstract.php?paper_id=ART20178416, Volume 6 Issue 12, December 2017, 66 - 68

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