Analysis Of Waiting For Godot

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Waiting for Godot was first preformed in English on January 5, 1953 in Paris. Samuel Beckett, the play writer, originally composed the play in French. Beckett then translated the play into its English form. The play Waiting for Godot entails two main characters Vladimir and Estragon, who are waiting for a prayer, or something of the sorts, from a man named Godot. There is not much description much of Godot, in fact very little is revealed in the play. Nothing drastic happens in either act nor is a lot of information shared. However we do know that the play takes place over the course of two days, on a road by the tree. Both days they wound up at the same tree visited by the same characters. While Vladimir and Estragon are waiting they come…show more content…
Beckett employs a double bind to play that is key to the play. As Piero explains “ Estragon is tied to Vladimir, they are both tied to Godot, Lucky is tied to Pozzo, Act 1 is tied to Act 2, and the audience is tied to the performance”. This pairing is elaborated in the composition of the play. Beckett created the play with two acts, two titles, two genres, having two main characters; two characters who entered, and what seems to be two boys (Piero 2). Waiting for Godot is a tragicomedy. A tragicomedy places comedy into a tragedy. A tragicomedy empowers the viewer to decide how they feel about the play, by each passing moment (Piero 1). By combining a tragedy with a comedy, Becket is able to develop reactions that would not have been possible if the play was only a tragedy or simply a comedy. The official title of the play is Waiting for Godot: Tragicomedy in Two Acts. Beckett gave the play two titles to help the audience develop a sense of the play. Because nothing really happens in the play, Beckett informs the audience it is a two-act play. By informing them in the title that the play has two acts, in the end of act two when the characters do not move, the audience knows the play is…show more content…
Beckett continues to stress this opposition by having a character lack in some way, for the other character to compliment him. Again using the example stated earlier, Estragon does not have a strong memory, Vladimir reminds Estragon of things he had forgotten. Lucky lacks the ability to be a normal human and live life without being a slave. This causes Lucky to need to be with Pozzo, regardless of how he is treated (Hooti 6, Bornedal). To conclude, Beckett focuses his play Waiting for Godot on the benefits of being paired with someone by pairing the characters, acts, titles and genres of the
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