Samuel Beckett 's Waiting For Godot Essay

1728 Words Dec 12th, 2016 7 Pages
Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting For Godot has been described as a play in which “Nothing happens twice” (Mercier). In the literal sense this is not entirely true events do in fact unfold on the stage before the eyes of the audience. Vladimir and Estragon occupied themselves through various activities and speak to one another, Pozzo and Lucky come and go as does a young boy with a message. It is true that this is the progression of events in both acts, the second almost identical to the first. It is in this sense nothing happens fore if something had occurred then it would logically follow that the events of the first act would have an effect on the second. But no Vladimir and estragon continue waiting, paralyzed in thier perpetual state of inaction, impatience and indecision. The day before may as well have not happened fore it has no effect on the next. So the fact is that nothing does really happen in the play at all, yet our fascination as audience members remains. The question is why? What elements of this capture our fascination? Upon first watching this play the audience does not in fact know that nothing will happen upon the stage. They are in a sense subjected to the same predicament and anticipation that Vladimir and Estragon have been made to endure. The audience must wait and watch a world unfold before them and hope that something of some significance will happen. In this anticipation lies the initial fascination of the audience. It is only after they realize…

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