Beckett 's Tragicomedy, Waiting For Godot Essay

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In Samuel Beckett’s Tragicomedy, Waiting for Godot, he begs the question of life and death. Throughout the commotion of the play, Beckett addresses the age old debate of the afterlife and whether people willingly pass this life to enter into God 's kingdom or if He calls them. Beckett introduces characters such as Estragon, Vladimir, and Lucky to illustrate the different types of perspectives that man has taken in this debate. In Beckett’s tragicomedy he introduces a man who is aware of his staidness, but is unwilling to change his ways. When another character, Pozzo, claims that he does not “seem able … to depart” Estragon quickly voices his ideology as he says “such is life.” In the absurdness of the play his words appear to be nonsense. But when examined, Estragon’s words exemplify a majority of people who do not find peace in death, but those who fear it and in fact scurry from death like mice running from a lion. Not only is this exchange relevant to death and what lies past it, but it pertains to mankind in decision making. People remain comfortable and are content thriving in their mediocrity for fear of what lies ahead. Oftentimes man cannot depart from their comfort zone for fear of failure when in actuality the comfort in mediocrity is a failure in itself. Another insight on the thoughts of Estragon is when he comments on the fact that Pozzo and Lucky “changed only [Vladimir and I] cannot.” In this example Estragon encounters characters that have not only changed…

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