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The setting of the first act of Waiting for Godot is in the evening our first if somewhat vague reference to time Vladimir enters and greets Estragon who informs him that he spent the night there is time as he has spent the night and it is over a previous action which happened in the past Vladimir begins a narrative about the Gospels written previously about the two thieves in order to pass the time Estragon wants to leave but Vladimir forces him to stay because they are both waiting representing time being used up for Godot The subject of the play quickly becomes an example of how to pass the time in a situation which offers no hope Thus the beginning sets the theme of the play Estragon Nothing to be done Vladimir Im beginning to come round to that opinion A mention or representation of time is on page 2 when Vladimir says We should have thought of it a million years ago in the nineties We have an exaggeration of time as a million years ago would certainly not feature on our time scale and then a mention of the nineties presumably the 1890s as this play was written in 1956 This is a somewhat feeble joke or just a mere representation of how Vladimir and Estragon are clueless when it comes to keeping and recalling time past events These two lives are essentially describing the lack of focus and the hopelessness of their lives A direct result of this hopelessness is the daily struggle to pass the time Therefore the majority of the play is devoted to devising games which help them pass the time Although not a direct link of time ie through spoken dialogue it is however a very clear representation of time not only in the play but also for the two characters They want to pass the time so we experience their
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