March 31, 2015
Analysis for waiting for Godot
A question that is unsolvable in this world is the purpose of human life. Why are we here? Where do we begin or whom should we ask? Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett is a play that captures this feeling and view of the world. The two main characters in Waiting for Godot, go about repeating their actions every day unmindful of the boredom and imprisonment. They wait and wait and nothing ever comes, but yet they do not leave, that is because they have an idea or just have faith that one day Godot will come and will end the suffering. Waiting for Godot begins with two men, Estragon and Vladimir, on a barren road by a tree. These two men, are often characterized as "tramps", homeless people. Waiting for Godot is a play that works on its own system where there is nothing going on, there is nothing to do, and there nothing positive. Estragon and Vladimir are waiting for Godot, a man or possibly a god. The two men are so confused that they are not sure if they have even met Godot, if this is the right day, or if they are waiting in the right place. While they wait, Estragon and Vladimir fill their time with a series of unexciting activities, like taking a boot on and off, then starts random and unimportant conversations about carrots and turnips, then the conversation goes into a more serious discussion, about the Bible, suicide and dead voices. Soon after Estragon and Vladimir are interrupted by two new characters, Lucky, the servant, and Pozzo, the master. The four men proceed to do together what Estragon and Vladimir did previously by themselves; nothing. Lucky and Pozzo then leave so that Estragon and Vladimir can go back to doing nothing by themselves. The “nothing” is interrupted by a Boy, who tells Vladimir that Godot is not coming today, but will be there tomorrow. Estragon and Vladimir talk about suicide until nightfall. When night came the two men did not have to wait for Godot and that ends Act I. The situation that happen in Act I is very similar to Act II. In the beginning of Act II Vladimir and Estragon are still sitting around waiting for Godot. Once again, Lucky and Pozzo shows up, only this time Pozzo is blind and Lucky has gone mute. Pozzo and Lucky decides to leave again, Vladimir gets expressive in the meantime, asking question, wondering if he is sleeping, agreeing with Pozzo, that life is passing, and ending with that “habit is the great deadener” (Beckett, Act 2). The Boy shows up again telling Vladimir that Godot will not come this evening, but definitely will come tomorrow. Vladimir and Estragon ponder over hanging themselves on the tree, but they do not have any rope. They insisted they will hang themselves tomorrow, unless Godot comes, in which case they will be saved. When night came, they did not have to wait for Godot anymore, so both men agreed to leave, but neither moves. Act II of this play ends. Vladimir and Estragon have a relationship that is tender. ESTRAGON (on one leg). I'll never walk again! VLADIMIR: (tenderly). I'll carry you. (Pause.) If necessary” (Beckett, Act 1). The friend is the one who carries you. The friend picks you up. The relationship of Vladimir and Estragon is different from Pozzo and Lucky’s relationship, they signify the opposite of friendship. Vladimir and Estragon have a relationship where they are very closely involved with each other and are dependence on each other, but Lucky and Pozzo have a relationship of inequality, where one is a slave, and the other shows dominance. The play emphasizes loneliness in the absence of Godot, where Estragon and Vladimir share this loneliness but having a friend is what can possibly turn the loneliness into a companionship. Waiting for Godot proposes that hope is essential for enduring the situations of our lives. Hope is a mixture of believing and wishing in all forces outside of ourselves, for...
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