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Discussion Paper 7 Waiting for Godot Samuel Becketts Waiting for Godot is a play without meaning Vladimir Didi and Estragon Gogo go on for pages with meaningless jibber-jabber The setting is an obscure place with no distinguishable characteristics there is only a tree and a road to decorate the mundane landscape We have no knowledge of where they are in particular we are oblivious to what time year or day it is The addition of random and weird characters only further emphasizes the pieces dissonance But in this seemingly pointless attempt one is able to find Becketts genius Out of frivolous banter springs the profound significance of Becketts critique Its fortunate that Beckett shied away from public life this way it leaves his works more susceptible to reader interpretation rather than having the facts scribed in stone I happen to believe that Beckett meant for his play to be a statement about religion particularly Christianity The play is riddled with Biblical references most of which arent necessarily positive I wouldnt consider them negative either The most prominent characteristics about the Biblical suggestions are the contradictions Close to the beginning of the play Vladimir is asked what he remembers about the Gospels and he replies I remember the maps of the Holy Land Coloured they were Very pretty The Dead Sea was pale blue The very look of it made me thirsty Thats where well go I used to say thats where well go for our honeymoon Well swim Well be happy Later on he compares himself to Christ saying All my life Ive compared myself to Christ Estragon says that he follows in the footsteps of Christ but all he can remember about the book that tells his story is the pretty maps a blatant contradiction This is an example of the many times during Waiting for Godot that Beckett takes shots at the typical Christian I doubt that he
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