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Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot

by

Samuel Beckett

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Waiting for Godot Suffering Quotes

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

Quote #7

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 #8

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 #9

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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