Arab World English Journal (AWEJ) Vol.6. No.2 June 2015                                              Pp. 295 – 301
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol6no2.22

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Existentialism Staged: A Comparative Study between Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” and Kanafani’s “The Hat and the Prophet”

Hadeel Aldegheishem
Department of English Language and Literature, College of Arts
Princess Nora bint Abdul Rahman University
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

 

 

Abstract:
In a general sense, existentialism had left its mark on Arabic and Western literature. The different conceptions and applications of the philosophy on literature, particularly in the art of drama, remain luring for more investigation. This paper aims to explore the development of Arabic and Irish literature under the particular influence of existentialism, with a reference to two distinct plays: “Waiting for Godot” (1955) by Samuel Beckett, and “The Hat and the Prophet” (1967) by Ghassan Kanafani.
Keywords: Beckett, Existentialism, Godot, Kanafani, Literature, Theatre

Cite as: Aldegheishem, H. (2015). Existentialism Staged: A Comparative Study between Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot” and Kanafani’s “The Hat and the Prophet”. Arab World English Journal, 8 (1).
DOI: https://dx.doi.org/10.24093/awej/vol6no2.22

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Hadeel got her bachelor degree of English Language and Literature in 2014. Her interests
include literature, in particular, modern and contemporary literature. She enjoys reading literary
texts and analyzing them. In addition, she is curious about languages and linguistic studies.
Looking forward to harnessing her time and effort to translate research and write literary and
linguistic articles.