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Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot

by Samuel Beckett

Choices Quotes Page 5

How we cite our quotes:

Quote #13

ESTRAGON
For me it's over and done with, no matter what happens. (2.13)

Estragon takes a determinist viewpoint and thus denies himself the ability to choose.

Quote #14

ESTRAGON
(having tried in vain to work it out) I'm tired! (Pause.) Let's go.
VLADIMIR
We can't.
ESTRAGON
Why not?
VLADIMIR
We're waiting for Godot.
ESTRAGON
Ah! (Pause. Despairing.) What'll we do, what'll we do! (2.263-264)

This excuse for passivity (waiting for Godot) is as much a problem in Act II as it is in Act I.

Quote #15

ESTRAGON
Tell me what to do.
VLADIMIR
There's nothing to do.
ESTRAGON
You go and stand there. (2.390-2)

The men, unable to make choices for themselves, resort to making choices for each other – perhaps because they find it "safer" than deciding action that holds personal repercussions.

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