To illustrate to students that the
perception of reality is determined to a large extent by the authors world view (for
example Beckett's world view makes him to discourse on the theme of salvation using the
two thieves instead of Jesus' crucifixion ), the teacher may require his/her students to
read, immediately after GODOT, the book of Job, whose existence was even more wretched
than Vladmir's and Estragon's and yet he could say, "For I know that my redeemer
liveth, and that he shall stand at the latter day upon the earth" (Job 19:25).
Or, from the body of American literature,
the teacher could assign Flannery OConnor's "Good Country People," a short story
which looks at the subjects of nihilism and atheism from a Christian perspective. By
comparing Beckett and O'Connor, two Western writers living and writing in the same period,
the students may appreciate the fact that in spite of the pressure to conform to literary
standards, there are still writers who do not compromise their Christian integrity.