In Beckett’s tragicomedy he introduces Estragon who is aware of his staidness, but is unwilling to change his ways. When another character, Pozzo, claims that he does not “seem able … to depart” Estragon quickly voices his ideology as he says “such is life.” In the absurdness of the play, his words appear to be nonsense because they are interjected in awkward moments of conversation. But when examined, Estragon’s words exemplify a majority of people who do not find peace in death but rather who fear it and in fact scurry from it like mice running from a lion. Not only is this exchange relevant to death and what lies past it, but it pertains to mankind in decision making. People remain comfortable and content thriving in their mediocrity for fear of what lies ahead. Oftentimes man cannot depart from his comfort zone for fear of failure when in actuality the comfort in mediocrity is a failure in itself. Another insight into the thoughts of Estragon is when he comments on the fact that Pozzo and Lucky “changed only [Vladimir and I] canno...
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...eats for reasons unknown. There are seven vices and virtues. Why? For reasons unknown. Seven days of the week. Why? For reasons unknown. Each time Lucky proclaims “for reasons unknown” it is a reminder for the audience that nothing is certain and that before they know it, they will be called or will wander to a place outside of time for reasons unknown and their labors will be abandoned and left unfinished.
Beckett introduces the common beliefs of man into two seemingly meaningless characters and one character who is the epitome of a buffoon. Yet that buffoon has the power to answer questions that countless philosophers attempt to answer, but their labors are left unfinished. Beckett’s question is should mankind ponder the purpose of life. Or should man live life perhaps stumbling on the answer to the question that man has pondered for centuries for reasons unknown.
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