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Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot

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Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot

In Samuel Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot, the scene opens to reveal a world characterized by bleakness. Though occasional situational humor enters the lives of Estragon and Vladimir, it is a sarcastic, ironic sort of humor that seems to mock the depressing situation in which they find themselves, and moments of hopefulness are overshadowed by uncertainty. The two merely sit and wait; they wait for a man, perhaps a savior, named Godot. That they are waiting for Godot, as Vladimir says, is the one certain thing, the one clear thing “in this immense confusion” (91). Throughout the course of the play, however, Godot never appears. It is uncertain that he ever will. In fact, Vladimir and Estragon are not exactly sure who this Godot is, what he is like, what would happen if he came, or if he indeed even exists, as they have not seen him but only hear that he will come. Yet they still wait, sometimes hoping, sometimes doubting, that Godot will appear, and that something, though they are unsure of what it is, will happen.

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... middle of paper ... necessarily arises from overwhelming uncertainty, in Waiting for Godot, the prevailing mood, as a result of the abundance of suffering and lack of answers in the world Beckett creates, is a completely bleak one. Godot does not come; he remains unknown to those who wait for him, as does any absolute meaning. Pain persists, and no answers appear. Thus Vladimir and Estragon are frozen in their hopelessness, as there is nothing to be done. There is no way to ascertain meaning, and so they wait, in case something happens, though it may not.

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