Essay on Analysis Of Samuel Becket 's ' Waiting For Godot '

759 Words Nov 9th, 2015 4 Pages
Samuel Becket’s play Waiting for Godot is, at first glance, not about much at all. The main characters, Vladimir and Estragon, are two somewhat senile characters standing around attempting to pass the time while waiting for someone named Godot. As the characters can find little meaning in their waiting, the work is an absurdist play, and, at times, is absurd.
Nevertheless, Vladimir and Estragon wait, as they are instructed to do, every day until Godot arrives. During their time of passive waiting, they encounter Pozzo, an odd character who seems to have utmost control over Lucky, a strange man who behaves more as a horse does than man does, and at the end of the two days during the play, they encounter the Boy, who constantly reminds them that Godot will arrive the next day. At first glance, these characters seem to have little meaning, not accomplishing much, but looking closer, one can surmise that these characters have a greater meaning in Vladimir and Estragon’s life.
The first character to be analyzed is Godot, as his name is in the title of the play, and is of whom the main character are waiting around for. The claim that this essay will make is that Godot is, as the first syllable of his name indicates, God. During the play, he is habitually absent, but, nevertheless, the characters look toward him for forgiveness in pray and worship. When the two question each other on why they are to wait for Godot, Estragon responds that they asked for, “A kind of prayer… A vague…

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