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The Play about Nothing Waiting for Godot has been a subject of my thoughts for about two weeks now While considering the work its author and the comments I have found about the play I have come up with three hypotheses as to the meaning and overall theme Either it is about Humanity waiting for a savior that does exist to return or it could be about the hopelessness of Humanity waiting for a savior that doesnt exist and therefore will never come or the easiest of possibilities that Waiting really has no theme at all This last theory is the one that I most readily accept and the answer that Samuel Beckett the author of the play put forth when questioned about the meaning of his strange little piece Many critics put the first theory forth as the true meaning of Waiting and there are many aspects of it by which they can make their point The most obvious is the title character Godot because the root word of the name is God The many references to Christianity also create a close connection between the storyline and many important stories from the Bible From the very beginning Vladimir and Estragon ponder their salvation consider death and draw a parallel between themselves and the two thieves that were crucified along with Jesus according to the Gospels Vladimir One of the thieves was saved Its a reasonable percentage Gogo Estragon What Vladimir Suppose we repented Estragon Repented what Vladimir Ohwe wouldnt have to go into the details Estragon Our being born Beckett p8 The general attitude expressed throughout is the hopelessness or possibly the meaningless-ness of life Humanitys purpose is simply to wait out its existence until the Second Coming Everything we do say feel experience etc is just passing the time until our lives come to an end Vladimir That passed the time Estragon It would have passed in any
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