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* “WAITING FOR GODOT”
*Writer: SAMUEL BECKETT
*Written in 1948
*First Produced in Paris (1952).
*Translated into 18 Languages.
*Its Theme is “Nothing to be done”
(Practically nothing happens, not development is to
be found, no beginning and no end)
*Two main characters are Vladimir and Estragon
(Vladimir and Estragon do not know why they wait,
they do not even remember their initial encounter with
Godot, but they know they must wait, or be punished
when Godot does arrive)
*(a)They cannot live without one another.
*VLAD:I am glad to see you back .I thought you
were gone forever.
*EST: Me too.
*(b)Vladimir represents the soul and Estragon
represents the body.
*EST:I am going. It is better to be parted.
*VLAD: You wouldn’t go far.
*2.SICK OF LIFE:
*(a)They tries to attempt suicide but they did not
want to die.
*EST:What about hanging ourselves.
*VLAD:It would give us erection.
*EST:Gogo light-bough not break-Gogo die.
*Didi heavy-bough break-Didi alone.
3.AFRAID OF GODOT:
*(a)When POZZO came, they got frightened
because they think that GODOT came.
*EST:(timidly to pozzo)You are not Mr.Godot sir?
*POZZO:I am pozzo.
*4.BOTH WERE SUFFERING:
*(a) Physically Estragon and Vladimir were suffering. Estragon was
getting hurt by his fit boots. Estragon need help to takeoff his
*EST: Help me!
*VLAD: It hurts.
*EST: Hurts! He wants to know if it hurts!
*Vladimir was suffering from kidney problem.
*VLAD:(It’s for the kidneys).
*(b) Because of mental pain Estragon forgets everything. Exchange
of hats between Vladimir and Estragon symbolizes their
*VLAD: (He takes of his hat again, peers inside it) funny. (He knocks
on the crown as though to dislodge a foreign body, peers into
it again, put it on again)
*EST: (Estragon with a supreme effort succeeds in pulling off his boot.
He looks inside it, feels about inside it, turn it upside down
shakes it, looks on the ground to seen if anything has fallen
out, finds nothing, feels inside it again staring sightlessly
*Both have no purpose of life that is why for passing the
time they are doing non sense activities. For example;
They search for something in their hats
,they are abusing each other and try
VLAD: (He takes of his hat again, peers
inside it) funny. (He knocks on the crown as
though to dislodge a foreign body, peers
into it again, put it on again).
EST: (Estragon with a supreme effort succeeds in
pulling off his boot. He looks inside it, feels about
inside it, turn it upside down shakes it, looks on the
ground to seen if anything has fallen out, finds
nothing, feels inside it again staring sightlessly before
* ESTRAGON:IRRESPONSIBLE PERSONALITY.
* Vladimir cares for Estragon like mother and sings a
lullaby and when Estragon sleeps Vladimir gets up softly,
takes off his coat and lays it across Estragon’s shoulder.
*EST: Taking off my boot .Did that never happen to you.
*VLAD: Boots must be taken off every day, I am tired telling
you that why don’t you listen to me.
*When the Pozzo and Lucky falls, Vladimir wants
to help them but Estragon refuses to help them.
*POZZO: You must hold him. (Pause.) Come on,
come on, raise him up!
*EST: To hell with him!
*VLAD: Come on once more.
*EST: What does he take of us.
*It shows kind heartedness of Vladimir and
selfishness of Estragon.
*3.VLADIMIR POWER OF TOLERANCE/
* ESTRAGON LACK OF TOLERANCE.
* Vladimir was more willing to wait for Godot than Estragon
who has lack of patience and all the time says
* EST: I am going.
* VLAD: You can't .
* EST: Why not.
*VLAD: We are waiting for Godot.
Another example for Estragon’s impatience is when Pozzo
threw bones and he takes them and start gnawing them.
Vladimir got angered and scolds him.
*VLAD: You couldn’t have waited.
*4.VLADIMIR PHILOSOPHICAL AND RELIGIOUS/
* ESTRAGON IRRELIGIOUS.
*Vladimir hope for salvation and he think they also
might be saved like that one thief. Vladimir ask
* VLAD: Did you ever read bible.
* ESTR: The Bible…I must have taken look at it.
*VLAD: Do you ever remember the Gosphels.
* EST: I remember the maps of the Holy Land
colored they are and very pretty.
*5.VLADIMIR OPTIMISTIC AND REALISTIC/
* ERTRAGON CONSIDRED HIMSELF A POET.
*Vladimir is sagacious and philosophical when
Estragon was suffering with his boots he told him
* VLAD: There's a man all over for you, blaming for
his boots, the fault of his feet.
* Another philosophical idea given by him is
Indication towards tree that the new grown leaves
symbolize religion as hope and night as philosophy of
*Estragon on the other hand calls himself a poet
which shows his despair nature like Shelley who
became a Revolutionary poet because of dejection
and disappointment in his life.
We came to the conclusion that the personality of
Vladimir is more better than Estragon’s because
he is more realistic than him and have the power
to face the hard realities of life.
Vladimir (Didi) represents mind -- the
actions of thinking, consciousness, reason, etc. –
while Estragon (Gogo) represents the body’s
organic functions and needs – hunger, movement,
pain, etc. -- and the actions and dialogue
throughout the play conform to this duality.