Don't Stop Believin': He Will Come

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It was just an ordinary day. Vladimir and Estragon were on their way to their traditional spot near the barren tree, as they always do, when they saw something different, something that was not there the previous day. This foreign object was a boom box. Neither Vladimir nor Estragon knew what a boom box was so they were immediately enthralled. They started to fumble with the buttons and dial. The fact that music came out of this box was just so fascinating! All of a sudden, the song “Don’t Stop Believing” by Journey started to funnel out through the speakers. Vladimir and Estragon were flabbergasted! It was as if this song was written about their lives.

Now, Vladimir and Estragon are not the only ones who can relate their lives to a song. Many people find music a way of expressing one self and people tend to have some of the same problems so songs tend to overlap between people. “Don’t Stop Believing” is a popular song that many people find inspirational and moving. Although, the song might seem upbeat and joyous at first, when one actually reads the lyrics and listens to the words it becomes lucid as to why Vladimir and Estragon connect to this song; both deal with similar themes of waiting, companionship, and repetition.

Throughout the play Beckett makes the theme, waiting, appear numerous times. Even before one opens the book the word “waiting” pops right out at the reader as the first word of the title. In addition, the focal point of the play is on the two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, who are “waiting for Godot” because when Godot comes “everything will be better” (Beckett 34). They wait around all day, for days straight, just so they do not miss the arrival of Godot. Unfortunately, Vladimir and Estragon must have missed the memo because it is obvious that he is not going to show up. Similarly Pozzo passes the time by remaining with Vladimir and Estragon for so long. At first it seemed like he was off somewhere important, but by the end it was...
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