Essay on Analysis Of Samuel Beckett 's Waiting For Godot

1247 Words Mar 1st, 2016 5 Pages
Waiting for Godot is a tragicomedy written by Samuel Beckett in 1948 which first premiered in 1953 at the Left Bank Theatre in Paris. The play follows the circular life of Vladimir and Estragon in two acts; everything the characters do in a day often repeats the following day in a similar manner. Estragon and Vladimir fight, make up, contemplate suicide, encounter other characters, and converse with each other in order to pass the time while they wait for Godot. At the end of each act, Godot fails to meet with the characters. Vladimir and Estragon are unsure as to why they have an appointment with Godot and despite the fact that he never shows up, they insist that they must wait for his appearance. Samuel Beckett once commented that habit and routine were the cancer of time and left his routines to travel. Vladimir comes to a similar insight at the end of Act Two; however, he does not leave his duty and continues to wait for Godot. The use of repetition throughout Waiting for Godot, ranging from the dialogue to the structure of the acts, is Beckett’s way of presenting the human condition of falling into routines in order to pass the time.
From the beginning of the play, Estragon and Vladimir engage in activities that will pass the time. To start, Vladimir persuades Estragon to listen to his story about the thieves crucified with Jesus by commenting that “it’ll pass the time” (Beckett 4). Vladimir proceeds to tell his story about the thieves and attempts to engage in…

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