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At Face value waiting for Godot could be called a simple play It uses a basic setting consisting of a tree and a road it is repetitive in its structure and character pairing It is an uncomplicated play with no established plot at face value Waiting for Godot could be described as a play about nothing The substance of Waiting for Godot lies within the ideas and themes of the play behind this front of simplicity and nothingness It is a question which has never ceased to pervade mankind the meaning of life A very simplistic setting is used in Waiting for Godot We know very little about the setting the time and geographic whereabouts is completely unknown Although Beckett makes the viewer consciously aware of two components in the setting the tree and the road These are the only pieces of evidence Beckett gives us to he whereabouts of the setting but its ambiguity is irrelevant as this simple setting has symbolic significance within the play and alludes to deeper aspects of life The tree and the road create two axis vertical and horizontal The road offers possibility of physically movement away a horizontal transcendence They can walk this path to find their own enlightenment or let enlightenment come to them Godot The tree is what keeps them rooted it represents practicality and the physical realm What are present here and now a perception of reality It represents an opportunity for growth and development of ones own self and room for spiritual enlightenment a freedom from conventional or rejection of conventional of values and organised religion To encompass a sense of self and being The tree is symbolic of tension and confliction as is shown in the characters Vladimir and Estragons exchange Lets go We cant were waiting for Godot1 It is the struggle between respecting the values you were brought up with and lie within your roots and challenging these hegemonic
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