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Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot

by Samuel Beckett
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Waiting for Godot Suffering Quotes

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Quote #1

POZZO He used to dance the farandole, the fling, the brawl, the jig, the fandango and even the hornpipe. He capered. For joy. Now that's the best he can do. Do you know what he calls it? ESTRAGON The Scapegoat's Agony. VLADIMIR The Hard Stool. POZZO The Net. He thinks he's entangled in a net. (1.589-92)

Note that Lucky only thinks himself entangled in a net; this is another piece of evidence for the argument that suffering is self-imposed.

Quote #2

ESTRAGON I'm unhappy. VLADIMIR Not really! Since when? ESTRAGON I'd forgotten. (1.766-8)

Waiting for Godot argues that suffering is the constant and eternal condition of man.

Quote #3

VLADIMIR You're not unhappy? (The Boy hesitates.) Do you hear me? BOY Yes Sir. VLADIMIR Well? BOY I don't know, Sir. VLADIMIR You don't know if you're unhappy or not? BOY No Sir. (1.803-8)

Much of the suffering in Waiting for Godot is the result of uncertainty.

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