Understanding "Waiting for Godot” based on psychoanalytic perspective

Document Type : Research Paper


1 Assistant professor at science and culture university of Tehran, Cultural study department

2 PHD of sociology at Yasouj University


The present paper, by the intellectual heritage of Osychoanalysis (Freud, Lacan and zizek) tries to give an interpretation of the work of Samuel Beckett. Based on the concept of the "das ding, or " the thing” Zizek provides a differentiation of modernism and postmodernism. Based on this division, zizek claims that the “waiting for Godot” is a Modernist works. We try to challenge him by suggesting that “waiting for Godot” is a postmodernist phenomenon. In this regard, the present paper does not intend to investigate among the previous literature about the “waitiong for Godot”, but we try to present a philosophical-psychoanalytic suggestion and challenging his interpretation about the play. By adopting such strategy, the present paper states that “Godot” is a name for "silent scream", because Godot is the name of nothingness, Goddo is the name of fundamental absent which can be considered as the spriteof Becket works. . .