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In relation to the works Waiting for Godot and Metamorphosis imprisonment can either be collective imprisonment or personal imprisonment In both cases it includes the restriction of personal freedom the limitation of action and the deprivation of human contact My objective is to investigate in what ways Beckett and Kafka convey the imprisonment of the main characters and to examine the significance of their imprisonment Therefore I will focus on Gregor Samsa in Metamorphosis and Vladimir and Estragon in Waiting for Godot Vladimir and Estragon are imprisoned in that they are trapped in an endless cycle Consequently they undergo habitual dialogues and play senseless games in order to endure their desperate situation The main characters imprisonment is expressed allegorically through the cyclic quality of the play Comments like Nothing to be done Were waiting for Godot and Its not certain recur throughout the play Not only do both acts begin with the entrance of Vladimir and finish with the stage direction that Vladimir and Estragon dont move but equally their encounters with Pozzo Lucky and the Boy happen twice Contrary to what the audience expects these encounters do not contribute at all in bringing about a change in Vladimirs and Estragons lives Instead the repetition of words actions and events convey the impression that the main characters are trapped in an endless cycle the latter being further symbolized by Vladimirs song about the dog who came in the kitchen The song contains two stanzas which Vladimir continuously repeats Estragon and Vladimir try to distract themselves from their imprisonment by undergoing habitual dialogues After Vladimir has reminded Estragon of their duty to wait for Godot Estragon exclaims in a despairing manner Whatll we do whatll we do At another point when Vladimir wants to break silence he requires Estragon to say something As the latter fails and a long silence ensues Vladimir is in anguish and wants Estragon to say anything at all It is
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