Waiting for Godot
How we cite our quotes:
Give me that! (He snatches the hat from Vladimir, throws it on the ground, tramples on it.) There's an end to his thinking!
But will he be able to walk?
Walk or crawl! (He kicks Lucky.) Up pig!
Perhaps he's dead. (1.642-5)
See what we mean?
Do you remember the day I threw myself into the Rhone?
We were grape harvesting.
You fished me out.
That's all dead and buried.
My clothes dried in the sun.
There's no good harking back on that. Come on.
He draws him after him. As before.
Wait! (He moves away from Vladimir.) I sometimes wonder if we wouldn't have been better off alone, each one for himself. (He crosses the stage and sits down on the mound.) We weren't made for the same road. (1.846-54)
The men seem to be talking about a suicide attempt on Estragon’s part. Notice that the discussion of Vladimir saving his life prompts Gogo to remark that maybe they’d be better off alone. If they had been "each one for himself," Estragon would have successfully drowned himself. So what he’s really saying is, maybe it would be better if he were dead.
A dog came in–
Having begun too high he stops, clears his throat, resumes:
A dog came in the kitchen
And stole a crust of bread.
Then cook up with a ladle
And beat him till he was dead.
Then all the dogs came running
And dug the dog a tomb– (2.1)
Vladimir’s song is interesting for two reasons: it illustrates the endless repetition of cyclical routine, but it’s also about death. Of course, death should be the one end to the banality of Vladimir and Estragon’s existence, but is not in this backwards world. The dog dies, yet the song goes on and on.