Waiting For Godot Analysis

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Waiting for Godot
(Samuel Beckett) Waiting for Godot is a play about two men seeking for hope and salvation, Vladimir and Estragon. In a country road (Beckett,1) with a single tree on a hill, they patiently waited aimlessly for someone whose arrival is uncertain, Godot. This play falls under tragedy and comedy. Tragic, in a sense that they are hoping for a day that Godot might come but all that is happening to them are just repeated incidence of the past days, and comedy because there are scenes that involve; repetition, mockery, and humor which intend to amuse its audience. In the midst of waiting, all they do is to think of some activities to past time. It started with Estragon taking off his boot.

ESTRAGON What do you expect, you
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First, he danced, but it was not amusing, which lead to Vladimir and Estragon’s disappointment. Then they made Lucky think, which results of his performance of a long pointless speech. Their fascination with Lucky’s speech soon turned into a disturbance. In the filmed version of this play, Lucky consistently delivered his piece with tone and emphasis. This sets the mood for the audience to pay attention to him even though his speech is nonsense. After his speech, a conversation is once initiated until Pozzo bid his adieu. Later on, a boy came out with a message from Godot.
BOY Mr. Godot told me to tell you he won’t come this evening but surely tomorrow. (41; act 1)
The night came and the darkness started to embrace the surroundings. With nothing left to do, Vladimir and Estragon decided to part ways in disappointment. On the next day, in the same place and at the same time, Estragon saw Vladimir singing loudly. They began a conversation that is similar to what they’ve talked to from the recent day. Vladimir opened a topic of their whereabouts yesterday because Estragon seemed to have forgotten about it.
ESTRAGON You see, you feel worse when I’m with you. I feel better alone too.
VLADIMIR Then why do you always come crawling
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But tomorrow I won’t remember having met anyone today. So don’t count on me to enlighten you. (79, act 2)
At the same time, like yesterday, the boy arrived and acted as if he just met Vladimir and Estragon for the first time. All of these events are the reason they need each other. Of all the characters, only Vladimir and Estragon can remember each other. The mere fact that the others can not remember anything is the reason why the story is repetitive. With that being said, Estragon insisted to hang themselves (again) on the tree again but Vladimir suggested that they should leave. The whole play is a never-ending wait for hope to come. Day by day, Godot never came, in fact, he might not exist. The characters of the story are hopeless about the arrival of someone who might have their fate in his hands. There is no plot progression, just a never-ending wait for Godot. What the characters did is to think of ways to help them pass the time such as; playing games, talk intellectually, and even insult each other. At the end of the day, they are always disappointed by Godot not coming. Estragon will suggest of hanging themselves, and Vladimir will suggest that they should leave. The next day, all of this happens

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