Essay on Analysis Of ' Waiting For Godot '

897 Words Apr 25th, 2016 4 Pages
Waiting for Godot is an interesting reading, as I did not immediately understand the purpose of the first act. Why were Vladimir and Estragon eager to commit suicide? What was the whole interaction with Pozzo and Lucky all about? I found it a little humorous how the repetitiveness was random and purposeless. After reading it a second time, I finally could distinguish how life presented in the first act of Godot share many of the premises and conclusions of Nietzsche’s philosophy (his outlook on life). Nietzsche doctrine of will to power, the overman he references, and the notion of individualism and nonconformity can be compared to this text.

Vladimir and Estragon are endlessly and in vain waiting for this Godot character. From several of their conversations, we can recognize that they are unable to make clear decisions or take decisive action on anything. They expect Godot to assist them, such as their conversation right after their suicide suggestion:

“Estragon: Don’t let’s do anything. It’s safer.

Vladimir: Let’s wait and see what he says.

Estragon: Who?

Vladimir: Godot

Estragon: Good idea.

Vladimir: Let’s wait till we know exactly how we stand” (10).

This conversation depicts them as uncertain and to a certain degree as weak and merely hopeless because they want Godot to tell them what to do. This notion of these two characters is nowhere near Nietzsche’s ideal “overman” because Vladimir and Estragon are unable to harness the will to power and there is lack of…

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