Waiting for Godot Scene Analysis (Pg 19)

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The plot of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot is simple to relate. Two tramps are waiting by a sickly looking tree for the arrival of Mr. Godot. They quarrel, make up, contemplate suicide, try to sleep, eat a carrot and gnaw on some chicken bones. Two other characters appear, a master and a slave, who perform a grotesque scene in the middle of the play. A young boy arrives to say that Mr. Godot will not come today, but that he will come tomorrow. The play is a development of the title, Waiting for Godot. He does not come and the two tramps resume their vigil by the tree, which between the first and second day has sprouted a few leaves, the only symbol of a possible order in a thoroughly alienated world.

In the scene beginning page 19 (Well what do we do?) and ending page 21 (Nothing to be done), the tone is rather flamboyant and fanatical. The word play-back and forth creates a sense of disarray for the audience as they try to follow just what exactly is going on. The Rubik’s cube is to show that life is a puzzle that once “solved” can be quickly messed up again – a process which goes on and on forever extending the notion that life is fleeting and that there is no point. This illustrates the existentialist nature of the play

Both characters wear different hats. Vladimir the more “up market” of the two wears a top hat to show he is the more sensible and mature one whereas Estragon clad in a beret and tie gives the impression of a much more random person. Both characters are reminiscent of Chaplin and the American burlesque comedy team.

Jean Paul Sartre, the leading figure of French existentialism declared that human beings require a rational basis for their lives but are unable to achieve one, and thus human life is a futile passion. Estragon and Vladimir attempt to put order into their lives by waiting for a Godot who never arrives. They continually subside into the futility of their situation, reiterating the phrase "Nothing to be done." Vladimir also...
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