Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot: Biography

Samuel Beckett was born into a wealthy Dublin family in Ireland 1906.  He attended Portora Royal School and Trinity College, Dublin, where he majored in French and Italian. In Paris, he wrote a dissertation on the famous French writer and philosopher Marcel Proust (1871-1922) who wrote about memory and imagination in his famous 1913, Remembrance …

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Waiting for Godot: Themes

InertiaAt the end of Act I the disconsolate Vladimir and Estragon agree that they must leave, yet when the curtain falls they are sitting as motionless as statues. Despite their best intentions to change and break out of their pattern of endlessly waiting for Godot, who never arrives, they are incapable of action of any …

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Waiting for Godot: Metaphors

WaitingThroughout the play, Vladimir and Estragon attempt to cheer each other in their never ending wait for the mysterious Godot whom they have never seen and who never arrives. Night after night, they meet, embrace, complain, argue, sleep in between visiting with Pozzo and Lucky, threatening to leave each other and contemplating suicide. However, they …

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Waiting for Godot: Act 1

Waiting for Godot begins with the tramp Estragon trying to remove his boot because it is too tight. Sitting on a mound of dirt trying to remove it, he declares “there’s nothing to be done.”  His fellow tramp Vladimir enters and tells him that, indeed, he also is beginning to believe there is nothing that …

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