Waiting for Godot
Waiting for Godot Suffering Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
VLADIMIR And they didn't beat you? ESTRAGON Beat me? Certainly they beat me. VLADIMIR The same lot as usual? ESTRAGON The same? I don't know. (1.12-15)
Waiting for Godot presents suffering as a regular, expected part of daily life.
VLADIMIR It hurts? ESTRAGON (angrily) Hurts! He wants to know if it hurts! VLADIMIR (angrily) No one ever suffers but you. I don't count. I'd like to hear what you'd say if you had what I have. ESTRAGON It hurts? VLADIMIR (angrily) Hurts! He wants to know if it hurts! ESTRAGON (pointing) You might button it all the same. VLADIMIR (stooping) True. (He buttons his fly.) Never neglect the little things of life. (1.24-30)
Estragon and Vladimir both have a case of chronic pain. Again, when we see the play as an allegory, it is a statement that pain is a necessary part of the human condition.
Vladimir breaks into a hearty laugh which he immediately stifles, his hand pressed to his pubis, his face contorted. VLADIMIR One daren't even laugh any more. (1.45-6)
That Vladimir feels pain when he laughs is a cruel joke, but representative of the play’s nature as a tragicomedy. Tragicomedy should mean a marriage of the tragic and the comic, but Waiting for Godot goes one step further in suggesting that the tragedy (in this case, the pain) is the result of the comedy (in this case, Vladimir’s laughter).