The concept of 'time' - (Modern literature)

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    U analyzed d concept and some core themes of d 'Waiting For Godot' very beautifully.With some new creative ideas.
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The concept of 'time' - (Modern literature)

  1. 1. Name: Baraiya Bhavna P. Roll No: 3 Sem: 3 Year: 2013-14 Submitted To: Dr. Dilip Barad Dpt. Of English Bhavnagar Uni.
  2. 2. "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 memories, "Their lives would have been the same even if this day was somehow skipped..."
  3. 3. Nothing new in act II Scenes repeat themselves Character suffering from a complete loss of memory 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 remain E.g. Estragon: Well, shall we go ? Vladimir: Yes, let’s go. They don’t move.
  4. 4. 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 be lost, 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 existence.
  5. 5. The Modern Worker’s Work,-A sham Activity 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 modern men Through the mechanisation of labour, the worker today is deprived of the chance to recognize what he is actually doing, His work has therefore become something like a sham activity.
  6. 6. 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..."
  7. 7. Quote VLADIMIR He said Saturday. (Pause.) I think. ESTRAGON You think. VLADIMIR I must have made a note of it. (He fumbles in his pockets, bursting with miscellaneous rubbish.) ESTRAGON (very insidious) But what Saturday? And is it Saturday? Is it not rather Sunday? (Pause.) Or Monday? (Pause.) Or Friday? VLADIMIR (looking wildly about him, as though the date was inscribed in the landscape) It's not possible! ESTRAGON Or Thursday? 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.
  8. 8. Quote: POZZO 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 has come. Quote: “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.
  9. 9. Ah! 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 POZZO Help! VLADIMIR Or for night to fall. (Pause. Quote: We are waiting for Godot to come— ESTRAGON Ah! POZZO Help! VLADIMIR 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.

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