Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett is a play in which not much happens. There is little action to the plot and no real climax. There are different aspects to the play and they are open to interpretation. The play opens with two men, Vladimir and Estragon, waiting for a man named Godot. They have never seen Godot but we know that he has an important message for them. Two more men, Pozzo and Lucky, enter, talk for a while with Vladimir and Estragon and then depart. f A boy comes to tell the men the Godot is not coming today but that he will be there tomorrow. Act II is very similar to act I but Pozzo and Lucky are much older, Pozzo is blind, Lucky is dumb, and they do not remember Vladimir and Estragon. The boy also returns but does not remember.
Memory plays a large part of Waiting for Godot. Vladimir and Estragon meet Pozzo and Lucky in act I but when they come back in act II Pozzo and Lucky don’t remember Vladimir and Estragodfn. A boy comes in act I to tell the pair that Godot is not coming today but that he will surely come tomorrow. He returns the next day with the same message but does not remember Vladimir and Estragon, or that he was there the day before. Estragon forgets why they are sitting under the tree and asks Vladimir, he tells Estragon that they are waiting for Godot. Estragon lives a better life because he cannot remember why they wait.
Beckett repeats the line “nothing is to be done”. Vladimir and Estragon have nothing else to do but wait for Godot. Waiting gives the lives of Vladimir and Estragon meaning. Thgfree times in the play, Vladimir and Estragong say that they are leaving yet they remain on stage. Vladimddfir and Estragon have no where else to go, and if they did they would wait for Godot there.
Time is not relevant in Waiting for Godot. Everything that Vladimir and Estragon do is to pass time. Conversations are held to pass the time, even though a lot of the time nothing is said. Vladimir and Estragon also do f, to pass time. They even contemplate suicide several times in the play. Act I and act II take place on different days. We are lead to believe that the days are consecutive but we don’t know. The fact that Pozzo and Lucky is dumb, in the second act, implies that the play spans a longer time. Pozzo tells Vldgadigfmigr that the blind have no notion of time. When the moon comes gout in the play, it does not gradually move across the sky. The transition from day to night happens almost instantaneously.
Beckett uses habit and repetition in Waiting for Godot to relate the play to our lives. The way we walk to a certain place that we have been before or the types of food that we order at a restaurant. We do these things without realizing that they are habits of ours. Act II is a repetition of Act I with little changes, which is basic like our lives; we repeat our days with little changes. There are small changes in the set but otherwise they do the same thing lives are the same day to day. Vladimir and Estragon wait for Godot under the tree because they have nothing else to do.
Godot represents anything that we wait for on a small scale or on a larger scale. Vladimir and Estragon wait for a man that they do not know and that they have never seen. They do not know we they wait for him they just do. We wait for things to happen all the time in our lives. Our days are made up of waits. We wait for our alarm to go off before we wake up, or we wait in a line to get lunch. dd Godot also could represent the wait for marriage, or the wait for our lives to mature and our careers to start.
The boy represents hope. The boy tells the men that Godot will surely be here tomorrow. That message gives them hope and strength to wait another day. The boy returns that next day and delivers the same message. During one of Vladimir’s speeches he realizes what they are doing and that Godot will never come. Vladimir face is overcome with a look of depression and despair. The men still wait even though they know that Godot will never come. The boy brings an illusion of salvation to Vladimir and Estragon, which is needed to cope with their meaningless existence.
Vladimir and Estragon’s relationship is based on friendship, dependability, and humor. Vladimir and Estragon are good friends. They are together all the time and they understand they way each other thinks. Many times in the play Vladimir completes Estragon’s sentence or Estragon completes Vladimir’s sentence. Vladimir and Estragon depend on each other. Vladimir helps Estragon to remember and Estragon helps Vladimir to wait and pas the time easier. Humor is a large part of their relationship. The two joke around and play with each other and argue over meaningless things. Humor brings happiness to their otherwise bleak lives.
Pozzo and Lucky’s relationship is also based on dependence. Pozzo put a length of rope around Lucky’s neck and uses it to direct Lucky. Lucky is Pozzo’s slave and carries all of the bags. In act II Pozzo is blind and now need Lucky’s help to see where they are and to move around.
Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett is a play that is meant to be interpreted. The different parts of the play can mean different things to different people. For Beckett the play meant something, maybe not the something that we think of when we read it.