Waiting for Godot
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Estragon draws Vladimir towards the tree. They stand motionless before it. Silence.
Why don't we hang ourselves?
You haven't got a bit of rope?
Then we can't.
In light of Vladimir’s earlier conclusion, whether or not he and Estragon kill themselves here is a moot point. Life is meaningless regardless of death (because it is deadened by habit), so it doesn’t matter if they have a rope or not.
(Estragon loosens the cord that holds up his trousers which, much too big for him, fall about his ankles. They look at the cord.) It might do in a pinch. But is it strong enough?
We'll soon see. Here.
They each take an end of the cord and pull.
It breaks. They almost fall.
Not worth a curse.
Beckett ends Waiting for Godot with the ultimate marriage of tragedy and comedy – Estragon with his pants around his knees trying to commit suicide and failing.