Analysis Of Samuel Beckett 's Waiting For Godot

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Then the Two of Them Must Have Been Damned
Absence of Reason in Religion in Waiting for Godot
At first glance, Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, appears to be an unavailing, pointless play whose only purpose is for comic relief. It is filled with off-topic conversations and awkward silences that seem to show no correlation. However, when the confusing plot is analyzed, it is revealed that the play is an analogy of the futility of religion. The use of language in Waiting for Godot serves to illustrate the theme that religion is incompatible with reason and only brings Vladimir and Estragon confusion and sadness.
By alluding to stories from the Bible, Vladimir and Estragon find themselves more confused about religion than more
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Estragon: And why not? Vladimir: But one of the four says that one of the two was saved. Estragon: Well? They don 't agree and that 's all there is to it. Vladimir: But all four were there. And only one speaks of a thief being saved. Why believe him rather than the others? ()
Beckett uses this allusion to show how confusing the details of religion were. The conversation reveals that the different gospels, although talking about the same scene, mention vastly different details, ultimately revealing that the Bible itself was conflicted in its views. Vladimir struggles both to figure out whether the thieves were saved or whether the story even existed. This uncertainty leads way to Beckett’s views that religion can only be followed by mentally blind people. This can be seen when Pozzo appears in Act Two, and Estragon begins a word game to try to remember Pozzo’s name:
Estragon: To try him with other names, one after the other. It 'd pass the time. And we 'd be bound to hit on the right one sooner or later. Vladimir: I tell you his name is Pozzo. Estragon: We 'll soon see. (He reflects.) Abel! Abel!Help! Estragon: Got it in one! Vladimir: I begin to weary of this motif. Estragon: Perhaps the other is called Cain. Cain! Cain! Pozzo: Help! Estragon: He’s all humanity. ()
On the surface, Estragon’s name play sounds like word play
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