Waiting For Godot Analysis

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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…show more content…
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 state that when Godot comes, “we will be saved.” Vladimir says that, “in this immense confusion, only one thing is clear– we are waiting for Godot.” When Estragon asks, “what do we do now?” Vladimir responds, “we wait for Godot.” However, when Pozzo asks about Godot, they respond that they, “hardly know him at all,” and that they, “wouldn’t know him even if I saw him.” They cannot recognise the man who is supposed to be their salvation? Oh dear. This futile waiting is what traps them in their miserable position– Vladimir always responds to Estragon’s request to leave by saying that they can’t because, “we’re waiting for Godot,” and that, “surely tomorrow,” he will come. But in reality, Godot is not coming and neither is any
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