The concept of 'time' - (Modern literature)Presentation Transcript
Name: Baraiya Bhavna P.
Roll No: 3
Submitted To: Dr. Dilip Barad
Dpt. Of English
"Their lives would have been the same even if this day was somehow skipped..."
Logical problem-faulty memory
, “But you said we were here yesterday.” (8-9)
This situation presents a problem in logic, for
why would they not remember what they did
the day before and, if they did wait in the
same place yesterday, why would they not
recognize the landscape? The answer, beyond
a simple explanation citing their faulty
"Their lives would have been the same even if
this day was somehow skipped..."
Nothing new in act II
Scenes repeat themselves
Character suffering from a complete loss of
None of the characters is aware of repetition
Their experience or conversations of
yesterday’s events or talk
“Killing “ time
The two tramps try to produce merely
the sequence of time
When they decide to leave, they
Estragon: Well, shall we go ?
Vladimir: Yes, let’s go.
They don’t move.
The Tramps Indispensable to Each Other
If they did not cling to each other, if they had not their quarrels,
if they did not leave each other or re – unite, they would actually
These are actions which after all can not take place without
taking up time,
Beckett presents us with a pair is thus not only motivated by his
wish to show that everyone is the other’s pastime,
Company facilitates endurance of the pointlessness of
The Modern Worker’s Work,-A sham
The pitiful struggle, which the two tramps wage to
keep up some sort of action, is so impressive only
because it mirrors our own fate , the fate of multitude of
Through the mechanisation of labour, the worker today
is deprived of the chance to recognize what he is actually
His work has therefore become something like a sham
Our Existence, A Mere Playing of Games
The two tramps invent the games to pass the time
Estragon plays with his shoes
Such a way he doesn’t exhibit fool himself but
exhibit us as a fool
"The play emphasized the common nature of
waiting among all people...it suggested that the
meaningless of time is universal..."
He said Saturday. (Pause.) I think.
I must have made a note of it. (He fumbles in his pockets, bursting
with miscellaneous rubbish.)
(very insidious) But what Saturday? And is it Saturday? Is it not
rather Sunday? (Pause.) Or Monday? (Pause.) Or Friday?
(looking wildly about him, as though the date was inscribed in the
landscape) It's not possible!
Waiting for Godot reminds us that our labeling of
time is ultimately arbitrary. Words like "Saturday"
or "Thursday" are made-up anyway, so we have
no way of knowing what day it really is.
That was nearly sixty years ago . . . (he consults his watch). . . yes, nearly sixty. (1.467)
Pozzo is the one character to have a watch, and in fact it is quite a watch. He uses it
to speak not of minutes or hours, but a span of years, an impressive feat in a world
where the men must examine the sky at length to determine whether or not night
“A dog came in the kitchen
And stole a crust of bread.
Then cook up with a ladle
And beat him till he was dead.
Then all the dogs came running
And dug the dog a tomb”
Vladimir’s song reflects the cyclic nature of time in Waiting for Godot.
Vladimir’s notion of time is tied up with the concept of waiting for Godot. The fact is, waiting for Godot is as repetitive, predictable, and never-ending as waiting on a daily basis for n
Or for night to fall. (Pause.
We are waiting for Godot to come—
Or for night to fall. (Pause).
Vladimir’s notion of time is tied up with the concept of waiting
for Godot. The fact is, waiting for Godot is as repetitive,
predictable, and never-ending as waiting on a daily basis for night
to come. The end result is always the same, and the process
always begins anew the next day, with no end in sight.