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In Waiting for Godot Samuel Beckett produces a truly cryptic work On first analyzing the play one is not sure of what if anything happens or of the title characters significance In attempting to unravel the themes of the play interpreters have extracted a wide variety symbolism from the Godots name Some taking an obvious hint have proposed that Godot represents God and that the play is centered on religious symbolism Others have taken the name as deriving from the French word for a boot godillot Still others have suggested a connection between Godot and Godeau a character who never appears in Honore de Balzacs Mercadet Ou le faiseur Through all these efforts there is still no definitive answer as to whom or what Godot represents and the writer has denied that Godot represents a specific thing despite a certain ambiguity in the name Upon study however one realizes that this ambiguity in meaning is the exact meaning of Godot Though he seems to create greater symbolism and significance in the name Godot Beckett actually rejects the notion of truth in language through the insignificance of the title characters name By creating a false impression of religious symbolism in the name Godot Beckett leads the interpreter to a dead end For one to make an association between God and the title characters name is completely logical In fact in producing the completely obvious allusion Beckett beckons the interpreter to follow a path of religious symbolism Throughout the play references to Christianity are so often mentioned that one can scarcely identify a religious undercurrent the presence of religion is not really below the surface In the opening moments of the play Vladimir asks Hope deferred make something sick who said that 8A The real quotation Hope deferred maketh the heart sick comes from Proverbs 1312 of the Bible Shortly after Vladimir asks if Estragon has ever read the Bible and continues on a discussion of
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