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Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot

by Samuel Beckett

Waiting for Godot Analysis

Literary Devices in Waiting for Godot

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Waiting for Godot is chock-full of pairs. There’s Vladimir and Estragon, the two thieves, the Boy and his brother, Pozzo and Lucky, Cain and Abel, and of course the two acts of the play itsel...

Setting

We are never really sure whether act one and act two take place in the same location, other than the fact that Beckett describes it as such in the stage directions. We also don’t know what li...

Narrator Point of View

Though all works of literature present the author’s point of view, they don’t all have a narrator or a narrative voice that ties together and presents the story. This particular piece o...

Genre

OK, with a list like that, we sure have our work cut out for us. Drama is an easy one, since the work is a play and the conflict is entirely expressed in emotion-revealing drama. Modernism and surr...

Tone

Yes, both these adjectives are simultaneously possible. That’s why they call it a tragicomedy. But what’s interesting about the tone is that isn’t just bleak and comic; it’s...

Writing Style

Did you notice the sort of pacified, AIM-style banter between the characters? Because the thought came to us when we heard Estragon say excitedly, "Let’s contradict each other" and then, "Tha...

What’s Up With the Title?

Waiting for Godot is just that; a play about waiting. The title reflects the lack of action, or as one critic says, the less than action that fills the time normally taken up by plot. "Tragicomedy"...

Plot Analysis

Not applicable. Nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes. Or, as scholar David Bradby says in his criticism of Godot, this is an understatement: "less than nothing happens."

Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis

Vladimir and Estragon are tragic figures throughout the play, with seemingly no control over their life situation. The difference between Booker’s Tragedy plotline and the plotline of Waiting...

Trivia

Depending on the production and country, some actors pronounce "Godot" like "God-oh" instead of "Guh-doh," thus emphasizing the allusion to God. Beckett said the emphasis should be on the first syl...

Steaminess Rating

Waiting for Godot has no plot, action, or substance – and no sex. The closest we get is Vladimir’s genital pains from his long-aching prostate, which doesn’t surprise us – s...

Allusions

Søren Kierkegaard: Fear and Trembling (1.410)Atlas (1.444)Jupiter (1.444)Pan (1.515)The Bible: "A dream deferred makes the heart sick; but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life" – Biblica...

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