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Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot

by Samuel Beckett

Waiting for Godot Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  1. Do the men in Waiting for Godot have any sort of character arcs? Do they evolve at all, or learn anything, or change in any way from the beginning to the end of the play?
  2. Why discuss philosophical ideas in a work of fiction instead of a treatise?
  3. If it’s true that nothing or less than nothing happens in Waiting for Godot, how is it that we manage to be entertained as the audience/reader?
  4. Do you think the play would function differently if the characters were all female instead of male?
  5. Do Vladimir and Estragon stand around killing time because they’re waiting for Godot, or is waiting for Godot itself just an act to fill the void?
  6. If Waiting for Godot is moralistic in nature, what is the moral? How does the play instruct us to lead our lives? Are these lessons subjective and personal for each viewer, or objective and universal?

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