Essay about Samuel Beckett 's Waiting For Godot

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Waiting for Godot was first performed in English on January 5, 1953 in Paris. Samuel Beckett, the play writer, originally composed the play in French. Beckett then translated the play into its English form. The play Waiting for Godot entails two main characters Vladimir and Estragon, who are waiting on a visit from a man named Godot. There is not ample portrayal of Godot, in fact very little is revealed in the play. Nothing drastic happens in either act nor is a lot of information explained. However, we do know that the play takes place over the course of two days, on a road, and by a tree. Both days they wound up at the same tree visited by the same characters. While Vladimir and Estragon are waiting, Pozzo and his slave Lucky approach them and strike up conversation. Finally a boy, who works for Godot, shows up and on both occurrences announces that Godot will not be able to make it. Each character in Beckett’s play is paired together with another character; Vladimir and Estragon, Pozzo and Lucky, and Godot and the boy. Beckett uses the characters and acts to emphasis the binary opposition of being alone and being together.
Beckett shows the dynamic of Vladimir and Estragon’s relationship through the conversations they have while waiting for time to pass. The author uses their conversations as a way to uncover the characters’ desire to be together as oppose to being alone. Vladimir and Estragon converse to pass the time as they wait for Godot, as opposed to spending time…

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