Mr. Manoj Singh Rana

Guest Faculty (English)

Government Degree College, Purola Uttarakashi





            Samuel Beckett has been traditionally viewed as a Modernist playwright and therefore, his iconic play En attendant Godot (Waiting for Godot) has continued to be confined to an Existentialist reading. Similarly, it has also been staged on numerous occasions along these lines; however, a text cannot be bracketed into a particular type and one can undertake any kind of reading. The work of literature not only goes beyond any compartmentalisation but can stand on its own as a text. Apropos this, the play too can be read along umpteen other ways. This suggests that different attempts to read a text tend to liberate it from a particular established and authoritative way of reading by relegating the predominant one to peripheral importance. It then appears to democratise the reading experience which further enriches the text by providing new unmapped dimensions of interpreting a text.

The inimitable use of language and the structure of the play Waiting for Godot makes it a unique play. This paper, therefore, attempts to undertake a deconstructive study of Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot.

Keywords: Deconstruction, Deferral, Différance, Supplement, Derrida, Author, Substitution, Approximation Words, Absurd, Drama, Existentialism.

Defer, Deferred, Deferred: A Derridean Study of Differánce in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot