Analysis Of Samuel Beckett 's Two Act Tragicomedy Waiting For Godot

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Samuel Beckett’s two-act tragicomedy Waiting for Godot depicts the endless wait of two homeless men, for a man named Godot. Their endless cycle of waiting and thus suffering continues and repeats itself until it is stopped by someone who instead of waiting for false hope, chooses to find this hope on their own terms. A key piece of the play that reflects this idea is the song that Vladimir sings in the beginning of the second act. A song about a dog that stole a piece of bread and thus beaten to death, only to have its death act as a warning to other dogs about the consequences of stealing. Despite its childishness and dark undertones, the song that Vladimir sings ultimately reflects the nature and structure of the play as it reflects its cyclical nature, , the loss of individuality that occurs through repetition and the combination of humor and sadness to present the universal idea that humanity’s struggle is never ending.
The underlying circular motion of the song acts as a structural reflection of the play itself. Beckett presents the song as one that is repeated infinitely, as it is only when Vladimir stops singing that the song comes to an end. In the song, the repetition of the lyrics is one that comes naturally to the singer. The repetition is similar to the repetitive dialogue within the play that also, like the song, is viewed as natural. This repetition can be seen in the play whenever Vladimir tells estragon that there is nothing to be done as well as the…

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