Hutchings, William. Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot: a reference guide. 2005: Greenwood Publishing, Westport, CT
...comes via a boy messenger that comes at the end of each act. One of the major elements of Waiting for Godot is repetition. As such, the boy messenger says at the end of each act that Godot will not be arriving today, but he will definitely come tomorrow. This only happens twice in the play, but the audience is lead to believe that it will keep happening as long as Vladimir and Estragon wait for Godot. Incessantly waiting for someone who never shows up gives the plot of the play its entirely meaningless effect, which is critical to Beckett’s purpose of absurdism and existentialism. Vladimir comes to a realization that they will forever be waiting for Godot, and Godot is not much more than a meaningless distraction from their lives. This is the cause of a great amount of melancholy and depression in Vladimir, and this depression comes from a realization of the truth
Knowlson, James. Damned to fame: the life of Samuel Beckett. New York: Simon & Schuster, 1996. Print.
A basic human drive that appears in “Waiting for Godot” includes one of exisiting. After the men wait for Godot, which whom is never going to show up, they go through the same experiences over and over. They ask the same people about the same things and stay in the same spot the entire time. It is giving the readers an example of existence. The men need to discover the meaning of life through their own personal experiences throughout the world instead of waiting around and hoping for answers.
Samuel Beckett may have renounced the use of Christian motifs in Waiting for Godot, but looking at the character of Lucky proves otherwise. We can see Lucky as a representative figure of Christ as his actions in the play carry a sort of criticism of Christianity. His role suggests that the advantages of Christianity have declined to the point where they no longer help humanity at all.
“Although works of the theater of the absurd, particularly Beckett’s, are often comical, their underlying premises are wholly serious: the epistemological principle of uncertainty and the inability in the modern age to find a coherent system of meaning, order, or purpose by which to understand our existence and by which to live” (Hutchings 28).
Beckett, Samuel. Waiting for Godot : tragicomedy in 2 acts. New York: Grove Press, 1982. Print.
Humans spend their lives searching and creating meaning to their lives, Beckett, however, takes a stand against this way of living in his novel ‘Waiting for Godot’. He questions this ideal of wasting our lives by searching for a reason for our existence when there is not one to find. In his play, he showcases this ideology through a simplistic and absence of setting and repetitious dialogue. Beckett’s ability to use these key features are imperative to his ability of conveying his message of human entrapment and existence.
Beckett, Samuel. Waiting For Godot. 3rd ed. N.p.: CPI Group, 2006. Print. Vol. 1 of Samuel Beckett: The Complete Dramatic Works. 4 vols
Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot has been said by many people to be a long book about nothing. The two main characters, Vladimir and Estragon, spend all their time sitting by a tree waiting for someone named Godot, whose identity is never revealed to the audience. It may sound pretty dull at first but by looking closely at the book, it becomes apparent that there is more than originally meets the eye. Waiting for Godot was written to be a critical allegory of religious faith, relaying that it is a natural necessity for people to have faith, but faiths such as Catholicism are misleading and corrupt.
Life is made up of different routines and schedules that are followed by the ordinary human being daily. In ‘Waiting for Godot’, Samuel Beckett uses time and repetition consistently throughout the play to demonstrate how these routines and habits are key elements in the course of life itself. The three main devices Beckett uses are the illogical pass of time, the lack of a past or a future and the absurdity of repetition in both dialogue and actions within the main characters and their surroundings.
Samuel Beckett’s most popular absurdist drama, Waiting for Godot, is one of those dramas which critics point while discussing about the theatre of absurd. Waiting for Godot was written and first performed in the year 1954. Waiting for Godot is amongst those drams which had an enormous effect on the audiences due to its strange and new conventions. The drama has challenged the audiences to make sense of a world which is unintelligible. The heart of the play is basically “getting through the day” which means that when tomorrow comes we have the strength to continue with full enthusiasm.
The theme of the play Waiting for Godot is better interpreted after considering the background of the time it was written. Beckett reflected the prevailing mindset and conditions of the people living after World War II into this story of Vladimir and Estragon, both waiting hopelessly for a mysterious 'Godot', who seems to hold their future and their life in his hands. Beckett himself was...
In Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot two characters, Estragon and Vladmir are waiting for ‘Godot’ in which Beckett does not explain. Along with Estragon and Vlamir comes Lucky and Pozzo another two figures who add a bit of nonsense into the play to distract the reader from the real issue, waiting for Godot. Simply who or what is ‘Godot’, is the question that Beckett’s play raises. It is easy to say that Godot is a Christ figure or God, hopefully Beckett would not make it that easy. So who/what is Godot? One may say that the characters are just waiting for someone or something to make sense of the world that they are in. The characters hopelessly wait day after day for this ‘Godot’ to come, and yet it never arrives. One must look into each character to find out who it is that Godot is searching for.
The play, Waiting For Godot, is centred around two men, Estragon and Vladimir, who are waiting for a Mr. Godot, of whom they know little. Estragon admits himself that he may never recognize Mr. Godot, "Personally I wouldn't know him if I ever saw him." (p.23). Estragon also remarks, "… we hardly know him." (p.23), which illustrates to an audience that the identity of Mr. Godot is irrelevant, as little information is ever given throughout the play about this indefinable Mr. X. What is an important element of the play is the act of waiting for someone or something that never arrives. Western readers may find it natural to speculate on the identity of Godot because of their inordinate need to find answers to questions. Beckett however suggests that the identity of Godot is in itself a rhetorical question. It is possible to stress the for in the waiting for …: to see the purpose of action in two men with a mission, not to be deflected from their compulsive task.