Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot Essay
Vladimir and Estragon are …show more content…
Likewise, the play is shackled to a single, mind-numbing pattern by Godot's refusal to arrive. Certainly the arrival of their eagerly-awaited guest would bring the plot to a conclusion and perhaps allow the introduction of purpose and meaning. But without his star appearance, the play's theme is left wandering like the Israelites in the desert of normalcy - surviving only on the manna of Pozzo's ritual appearance. Just as the play's theme leads nowhere and circles back in on itself, Beckett believes that mankind's quest for an uncaring God will lead nowhere and will not provide more meaning for life.
The play's twin protagonists, Vladimir and Estragon, are similarly deprived of a chance to develop and grow. Estragon always reacts the same to Vladimir's news that they must continue waiting, and both keep their nervous habit of inspecting hats and boots. Only late in the play does Vladimir realize their impending doom, and it does not impress or even draw a reaction from his longtime friend. They are shallow two-dimensional characters, robbed of a chance to develop and grow by the continual wait for an appointment that wil never