In Waiting for Godot the theme of waiting is immediately apparent. The two men Vladimir and Estragon are stuck in a monotonous cylindrical cycle of waiting by a tree for Godot. The two men never meet Godot, but they spend the entirety of the play waiting for him to meet them by this tree on the side of the road because they are told to do so by the small child that approaches them everyday telling them Godot would be there the next day. The idea that the two men have been waiting there for awhile is apparent because the two main characters are both very old. It is obvious the two men are very bored by waiting for Godot because they perform almost the same exact actions everyday and the apparent sense of hostility or impatience between Vladimir and Estragon shows that they are growing very tired and weary of waiting for this man for so long. Time acts as an unmovable object or barrier for the two men and by waiting so long for Godot it presents the main conflict faced by the two men. They have to endure waiting by this tree so that they may finally realize the true purpose of why they have been waiting so long for one man to make their acquaintance. They are waiting to realize their purpose in life and their purpose for wasting their li...
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...if one cannot remember the past and that people go through life without awareness that they are wasting life. The Beast In the Jungle represents a different view of the world through Marcher’s patience and waiting by showing that even if a person does remember certain events and recognizes that they are wasting life through waiting, they do not always act on these senses. The awareness of the characters in the Waiting for Godot represents the view on life that people are often not aware they are wasting their life, and The Beast in The Jungle represents that even when aware they are wasting life they do not act upon this awareness. The works express different views on how waiting for a specific event or activity negatively impacts a person’s life, but they are similar in the fact that they agree waiting can cause someone to live a very uneventful or meaningless life.
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