The Biblical Subtext In BeckettS Waiting For Godot

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The Biblical Subtext in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot The article that I found was titled “The Biblical Subtext in Beckett’s Waiting for Godot,” written by Ann Bugliani. Before reading this literary article on Waiting for Godot, I always knew that there were Biblical allusions and probably some Biblical themes present in the text. However, I wasn’t sure how exactly all these Biblical allusions and references fit into the entirety of Samuel Beckett’s play. Ann Bugliani had many wonderful insights that helped me understand how these religious aspects developed the play as a whole. I am going to explore many of these religious references as they greatly affect Beckett’s play. On the first page of Act I, the setting is given as follow: “A country road. A tree. Evening.” When I first read those words, I immediately knew that in order to understand this play I would most likely be required to interpret the meaning of many things, such as the setting of the play. The country road can be referred to as “the way”, a name that Christ has often called himself. The tree is a very common religious symbol found in the Bible. Bugliani said that the tree, “reminds us of the tree of life mentioned in both Genesis and Revelation, the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, Christ’s cross which is often referred to as a ‘tree,’ the tree on which Judas hung himself, and the fig tree that Jesus cursed for its lack of fruitfulness.” Bugliani points out some very important examples found in the Bible. I think her point in giving all these examples is that the tree represents life and the country road symbolizes the journey of life. Lastly, Ann Bugliani describes the evening, by mentioning that, “Light is waning, darkness approaches, yet there is still light.” The light, from this quote, represents hope, which makes up a common theme found in Waiting for Godot. Vladimir misquotes
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