Research Article

The Element of Time in Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett


  • Shazia Abid M. Phil English (Literature & Linguistics) Department of English Studies, Qurtuba University 2017, Pakistan


Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot (1952) is one of the most puzzling plays of the modern era. It is a play where nothing happens twice. Hence, the purpose of this research paper to explore the element of time in Beckett’s masterpiece Waiting for Godot (tragicomedy). The play is part of the ‘Theatre of Absurd’ and being an absurdist playwright, Beckett tends to explore the internal states of individual’s mind. It also explores the absurdity of modern man that how they are dwelling in a twilight state and unaware of their surroundings. This work is based on the belief that the universe is irrational, meaningless and the search for order brings the individuals into conflict with the universe. The study investigates existentialist’s point of views. In the play ‘Time’ represents very much dominating force as well as a tormenting tool to its characters.

Article information


Journal of World Englishes and Educational Practices

Volume (Issue)

3 (4)





How to Cite

Abid, S. . (2021). The Element of Time in Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett. Journal of World Englishes and Educational Practices, 3(4), 16–22.



waiting, absurdism, loneliness, existentialism, despair, physical suffering, nothingness, time