Analysis Of George Beckett 's ' Of Waiting For Godot '

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Beckett’s treatment of plot demonstrates that, “the ditch,” is not far away. The “plot” of Waiting for Godot is almost nonexistent. Estragon himself says that, “nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes, it’s awful,” a remarkably insightful observation about the situation he and Vladimir are in. The entire play is only their attempts to, “pass the time,” while waiting for Godot, and to distract themselves from the existential horror and depressing bleakness of their lives. Estragon frequently suggests, “let’s hang ourselves immediately,” simply for something to do. Act II takes place at the, “Same time, same place,” as Act I, and absolutely nothing about their situation has changed. A thousand days could go by, and Vladimir and Estragon would still be struggling to cope with the boredom and emptiness of their lives. Vladimir wishes, “if only I could sleep,” because the blankness of sleeping is less painful than his existence. Estragon’s response to Vladimir’s statement that they cannot keep quiet is that, “it’s so we won’t think.” Indeed, they seem to flit from mindless activity to mindless activity just so they do not have to confront the reality of their pointless existence. In addition, this hopelessness prevents Waiting for Godot from having anything resembling a plot. When Vladimir asks what they should do, Estragon replies, "Don’t let’s do anything. It’s safer.” They don’t do anything because they have, “gotten used to the muck,” of life and believe that there is, “nothing to be done.” Vladimir and Estragon seem completely resigned to their conditions, perhaps because of the faint hope of Godot. The titular waiting is the only real plot of the play, yet it seems to be just as pointless as everything else. They frequently st... ... middle of paper ... ...less his words are. Moreover, there are so many [Silence] and [Long Silence] stage directions that is becomes clear the characters only speak to fill the empty void that they live in– “to pass the time.” These silences are probably more profound and meaningful than anything the characters have to say. As Vladimir says, “The point is–.” There is no point. Clearly, Beckett’s treatment of dialogue demonstrates that, “the ditch,” is not far away. In conclusion, Waiting for Godot presents a world that is totally bankrupt of all intelligence, culture, and refinement. The plot is completely pointless, the characters are completely moronic, and the dialogue is completely butchered. In short, everything is “busted.” “Help,” indeed. We have fallen off the edge of the cliff and are plunging down into the abyss; it cannot be long before we come all the way down to the bottom.

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