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Analysis of Samuel Becketts Waiting for Godot Waiting for Godot is an absurd play by Samuel Beckett It tells about two tramps Estragon and Vladimir who are waiting by a tree for the arrival of Mr Godot Estragon and Vladimir through the play have made no progression waiting for Godot The play is primarily about hope It revolves around Vladimir and Estragon and their pitiful wait for hope to arrive The hopelessness of their lives described by the phrase Nothing to be done A direct result of this hopelessness is the daily struggle of how to pass the time Most of the play tells about their efforts which will help them pass the time This explains why they stay together Both Vladimir and Estragon admit to being happier when they apart so the main reason why they continue their relationship is because they need one another to pass the time Since passing the time is their mutual occupation they try to find games to help them achieve their goal As a result they engage in insulting one another and in asking each other question Conversation to both is a game to pass the time until Godot comes There were also times when they consider suicide as another way of escaping their hopelessness Estragon wants them to hang themselves but they find it would be too risky About the language this play serves the characteristics of absurd plays conversation The most distinguished characteristic is repetition We can see many repetitions in this play These repetitious conversations symbolize the lack of meaning in life This play is a repetition of circular motions echoes actions and gestures Estragon Lets go Vladimir We cant Estragon Why not Vladimir Were waiting for Godot This conversation occurs several times in the play Estragons requests to leave are followed each time by Vladimir telling him that that they cannot leave because they are waiting for Godot They constantly back to
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