Samuel Beckett’s Waiting For Godot And The Theater Of The Absurd

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Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot is an absurd play about two men, Vladimir (Didi) and Estragon (Gogo) who wait under a withered tree for Godot, who Vladimir says has an important but unknown message. This play is incredibly bizarre, because at times it is difficult to discern if there is a plot at all, and at other times, the play seems incredibly profound.One of the most ambiguous aspects of Beckett's play is the identity of Godot. If the reader analyzes all the Biblical allusions, it is quite easy to say that Godot is God. (Actually, the word Godot can be anagrammed to say "To God," but it is questionable whether this is mere coincidence or has some significance.) The ...view middle of the document...

Mutual dependence is a recurring theme in the play. Vladimir and Estragon depend upon each other (as companions), and Pozzo and Lucky are dependent upon each other. Didi and Gogo have been together for at least fifty years, and Gogo has left Didi and returned many times. Obviously, they need each other to survive. Pozzo depends on Lucky for labor and entertainment, and then for sight. Indeed, it is appropriate that Pozzo talks of listening to Lucky think for him (guide), and then he needs Lucky to guide him in a very literal sense.

The other dependency is subtler. Vladimir and Estragon represent body and soul. However, they must not be separately identified (one is the body, the other is the soul), for they are both two halves of a split being. They always want to deny Self (separating themselves). It is most clear that both are one at the few moments when they agree with one another, when they complete each other's thoughts, or even when they say the same thing, two voice united as one.The most confusing part of the entire play is Lucky's monologue, which might be a parody of intellectual speeches, due to weird references and the comical stutter. It is full of classical references to things with which many high school students are not familiar.

Additionally, a lot of the words are distorted versions of slang words: "Belcher" as "belch," "Fartov" as "fart," "Testew" as "testes," "Cunard" as "c---," "possy" as "p----," and "Feckham" as "f--- him". Perhaps these are farfetched, but the purpose in using such base words is to make his speech cruder and more derisive. They describe VERY human, earthly functions. These words truly represent a disintegrating mind (one given to too much waiting).
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