Samuel Beckett brilliantly crafted the ending of his play to illustrate the human life as being meaningless and absurd. Vladimir and Estragon spent the entire duration of the play believing that a man named Godot was sure to come meet with them; however, they were only disappointed at the end of the play when the boy brought them the news that Godot would have to post-pone his arrangement. VLADIMIR: You have a message from Godot BOY: Yes Sir. VLADIMIR: He won’t come this evening. BOY: No Sir.
An appointment was made, albeit a very vague on as Vladimir points out, “He didn’t say for sure he’d come,” about the unknown Godot. This veiled version of a man portrayed by the never-appearing Godot holds for Vladimir and Estragon a form of escape from their terribly boring and tedious lives, but they fail to realise that their waiting has become a routine, as monotonous as they come, and their habit of showing up consistently will slowly but surely destroy them. Our duo is bound to a cyclical life of which no escape exists because they fail time and time again to find the bravery and their freedom to do so. Nothing is keeping them their except this appointment with a man they do not know, and fear as Vladimir states Godot will “punish” them if they are not present for his arrival. It is impossible to put a measurement on time spent by the two hapless men waiting for this now cruel figure, but most definitely, it has been a while and now, after coming to the barren land every morning and vowing to return every night, it has now become an involuntary action as they slip into an auto-piloted way of life.
In both Lucky's speech and the play, the characters, reader, and thesis are left unsatisfied. There is no conclusion to Lucky's speech. He simply babbled on until his listeners removed his thinking cap. The play leaves Vladimir and Estragon still waiting. Knowing no god, Beckett sees life as futile and mocks both life and death in his play.
Hamlet is overly conscious and unable to make a decision because of the uncertainty of the consequences that might follow. There is a constant threat that reaction these consequences will not be what he expects, possibly being detrimental to his cause. This deters him from attempting to execute any of his machinations. All these factor demonstrate that Hamlet does not suffer from a failure of will, but rather of an over analytical character that impedes him from taking any significant action. By constantly questioning every aspect of a possible action, Hamlet ultimately finds a reason no to act.
If we know our fate, do our lives hold meaning? Meursault remarks, “Nothing, nothing mattered, and I know why.” He knows he will be executed by a society in which he cannot exist, but he resigns and thereby assures himself that the middle is meaningless. Before his arrest, he knew he would die. Perhaps this knowledge justifies his living moment to moment. His statement compares to Beckett’s Vladimir when he laments, “Nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes, it is awful!” Both Meursault and Vladimir understand their insurmountable fate, but Meursault desires to confront it.
However, if you do not believe in God, then no one is going to supernaturally make your struggles and problems disappear. Vladimir and Estragon waited for the entire play, even asking others if they had seen Godot, with very nostalgic responses. They soon realize that their struggle is much harder than they originally anticipated, and run into a s... ... middle of paper ... ... man, especially towards Godot. In some ways, it may seem as though he is blaming Godot. Overall, characters like Vladimir and Pozzo were both very different from themselves by the end of the play.
Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett; a tragic comedy in which Estragon and Vladimir wait for a person named Godot, who never shows up. This existentialist play, which takes place in a single setting, and time, follows the actions and the traditional rules of human existence, and doing nothing in their lives except waiting. Beckett has written a play in which nothing happens, and one minute is no different than the next. The play ends exactly the way it begins, with two men waiting impatiently for Godot and try to exist in the hostile and uncaring world by their human condition, e.g. they keep repeating themselves, talking nonsense, forgetting and trying to find the answer the question: Who and where is Godot?
For instance, Vladimir and Estragon repeatedly say: "there is nothing to be done" throughout the play. This quotation illustrates how they struggle to wait and that there is no end or outcome for them. They are unable to make choices and move on while they wait for Godot. Ultimately, 'Godot ' represents one of the characteristic aspects of the human condition: the uncertainty in our life. Similarly, we always wait for something; a person, a thing, an event, etc.
Although Samuel Beckett's tragicomedy, Waiting for Godot, has no definite meaning or interpretation, the play acts as a statement of hopelessness regarding human existence. Debate surrounds the play because, due to its simplicity, almost any interpretation is valid. The main characters, Vladimir and Estragon, are aging men who must wait for a person, being, or object named Godot, but this entity never appears to grace the men with this presence. Both characters essentially demonstrate how one must go through life when hope is nonexistent as they pointlessly attempt to entertain themselves with glum conversation in front of a solitary tree. The Theater of the Absurd, a prevalent movement associated with Waiting for Godot, serves as the basis for the message of hopelessness in his main characters.
Though perhaps Beckett did not himself think that hopelessness necessarily arises from overwhelming uncertainty, in Waiting for Godot, the prevailing mood, as a result of the abundance of suffering and lack of answers in the world Beckett creates, is a completely bleak one. Godot does not come; he remains unknown to those who wait for him, as does any absolute meaning. Pain persists, and no answers appear. Thus Vladimir and Estragon are frozen in their hopelessness, as there is nothing to be done. There is no way to ascertain meaning, and so they wait, in case something happens, though it may not.