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Many differences and similarities are found between Albert Camus'
novel, The Stranger, and Samuel Beckett's play, Waiting for Godot. The
characters in each story is very different from their society and at the
same time, thy are very similar to each other. To
understand in what ways they are similar, there must be and understanding
of how they are different from the society in which they live in.
First of all, the major difference from the novel and the play is
their desire for God's salvation. Recall when Meursault was in jail, he
did not want the magistrate to pray for God to save his soul unlike
Vladimir and Estagon, who waits many years for their god. They both live
their life for one reason: to wait for Godot. However, to wait for
someone who is not going to come is just as pointless as not doing anything
at all, just like Meursault who lives his life at the spur of the moment.
Neither of them makes important goals in their lives. Meursault can care
less about his promotion and Vladimir and Estragon could have done
something worth while with the last fifty years of their lives. Because of
this, they found ways of passing time. Vladimir and Estragon tries hanging
themselves and call each other names while Meursault goes smoking, drinking
with Raymond, listen to Salamando and have casual sex all because they do
not have anything else to do. They all feel their very existence is
insignificant. Whether they live or died would not change anything. One
life is as good as another.
Vladimir and Estragon's expression of their emotions contrast to
Meursault's lack of emotions. After Vladimir and Estragon fight, they
resolve their disputes by embracing each other. Meursault's honesty
prevents him from showing any emotions that he does not have. These ways
of expressing their emotions reveals their views of life. Meursault knows
who he is in life but is just indifferent to it. He did not care if
everybody thought he was strange or his associates is a pimp. However,
Vladimir and Estragon does not know who they are in life. To wait for
someone who is not coming is pointless.
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"Godot" would give to them without living their own life.
Although Vladimir and Estragon seems lifeless, they do possess some
emotion that are a sign of life. Their abuse of one another shows their
impotence and dependency to each other just like any human being is
dependent on someone else such as their parents. They would not hang
themselves unless they both are able to do so. Meursault does not have any
close relationship in which he is dependent on someone else. They all have
desires such as death, meeting Godot, sex, and swimming in the beach but
Meursault do not show much emotions to someone else. Even when ask about
marriage, he still does not reply with any enthusiasm or dismay, just the
answer. This independence is an example of how he is disconnected to others.
It reveals his pessimistic views of life compared to Vladimirs' and
Vladimir's thought of Pozzo at first was that he was inhumane
because of the way he treats Lucky but later sways and thinks of him as a
great man. This demonstrates how weakly he validates his opinions and how
foolish he is to be easily persuaded. In contrast, Meursault was the
total opposite. He did not cry during his mother's funeral because that
was expected of him nor did he change his lifestyle because society wants
him to, and because he validates his beliefs strongly, he had to pay it
with his life.
Near the end in which Meursault is abut to die, he states that he
is ready to live. This freedom from condemnation by society through death
contrasts Vladimir's and Estragon's freedom to break free from their cycle.
They can very easily break free from the cycle just by walking away but yet
do not. This suggest an impotence in human beings. Vladimir realize that
he is part of an ongoing cycle. He say "let's go" but instead they sit and
do nothing. The quotation "nothing to be done" can apply to both the novel
and the play because neither of them did anything apart from their routines.
They all are very subtle to change.
There are many existential themes incorporated into the novel and
play. The question of how these people live their meaningless life is
still being ask today, but who determines how they should live their lives?
To better answer the question, there must be a better understanding of
their views and compare them other views.