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Assignment is to simply answer the question below and to address it in the paper. Discuss the following works read since the middle of the term: Waiting for Godot and the Donnie Darko screenplay. Be sure to include concrete examples from the works to explain what point the author was trying to make, and to anticipate alternative readings your audience might have.
- What do the dramatists say about how we relate together as a society? What is the basis of friendship? Of war or revolution?

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Friendship is defined as togetherness despite the absurdity of life in both Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot (1952) and Donnie Darko (2001). In both works -- the former a work of absurdist theater and the other a work designed for cinema -- friendship comes in the form of expectation and anxiety. In Waiting for Godot, Vladimir and Estragon wait. In Donnie Darko, Donnie waits. Both plays treat the theme of waiting with the expectation of someone -- or something to come. There is an anxiety in waiting, especially waiting for a friend. Waiting for a friend brings with it the anticipation of togetherness. It is in this idea of waiting, anxiety, and the promise of friendship that shapes the stories of both plays.
Friendship is a central element to Donnie Darko. In a scene with his therapist, Donnie calls Frank his friend. Frank appears in the film in a “grotesque bunny suit,” and Donnie recounts to Dr. Thurman how Frank saved his life.
DONNIE. So, I met a new friend.
DR. THURMAN. Would you like to talk about this friend?
DONNIE. His name is Frank.
DR. THURMAN. Frank.
DONNIE. I think he saved my life.
It should be said, before I go any further, that the premise of Donnie Darko is based on this notion that a jet engine has landed on Donnie’s house, but he was sleepwalking the night it happened. Frank tells Donnie that essentially the apocalypse is coming. The entire...
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