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Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot

  

by Samuel Beckett

Waiting for Godot Philosophical Viewpoints: The Absurd Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Act.Line) Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue.

Quote #16

POZZO
I am blind.
Silence.
ESTRAGON
Perhaps he can see into the future. (2.655-6)

Estragon imposes his own sense of backward logic: if the man is denied one manner of sight, perhaps he has gained another. This is also a mythological reference to any one of the many blind prophets in history (think Tiresias from Greek Mythology, since we’re certain you read Shmoop’s Odyssey).

Quote #17

VLADIMIR
Pull on your trousers.
ESTRAGON
What?
VLADIMIR
Pull on your trousers.
ESTRAGON
You want me to pull off my trousers?
VLADIMIR
Pull ON your trousers.
ESTRAGON
(realizing his trousers are down) True.
He pulls up his trousers.
VLADIMIR
Well? Shall we go?
ESTRAGON
Yes, let's go.
They do not move. (2.881-88)

The absurd comedy of the trouser bit is matched with the absurd tragedy of Vladimir and Estragon’s inability (or unwillingness?) to move off the stage.

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