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The texts of Candide and Waiting for Godot do contrast each other in many ways Candides world is in fact the whole world whereas in Waiting for Godot the world consists of a small stretch of road by which is a bench and a tree Therefore one might instantly assume that the two texts one a novella and the other a play are totally different It is much easier to draw contrasts between the texts than comparisons but there are some The Characterisation in both Candide and Waiting for Godot is surprisingly similar The characters of Candide and Cacambo in Candide seem to have an almost identical relationship as the one which exists between Vladimir and Estragon Neither of their relationships is based on friendship but on differing aspects such as hope servitude and dependence But there is an underlying contrast in which we see how Candide and Cacambo inevitably get separated at the end of the novella whereas the relationship between Vladimir and Estragon vacillates frequently as they go through trials where they fight and reconcile Although the other characters seem to bare no further resemblance to any of the characters in Candide One could maybe draw a comparison between Cuneacutegonde and Godot as the solution to the main protagonists problems But as one can see Candide gets his and Vladimir and Estragon clearly dont Further comparisons can be drawn from the themes of both texts these being hope existence and the existence of a god Vladimir and estragon are suffering and essentially they are waiting for hope which will hopefully come in the form of Godot The theme of hopelessness is set very early on in the play when Estragon states nothing to be done here he was referring to his boot but essentially it sets the mood for the rest of the play Candide however also presents this theme of hopelessness in the way that no matter what you do fate is
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