Waiting For Godot

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Waiting for Godot: Time Waits For No Man Waiting for Godot is an original French play written in 1948 by author Samuel Beckett. The play was first performed in 1953, and then later translated into English. The aftermath of World War II left the entire country of France unstable and in desperate need of government and economic reform. Beckett uses the crisis of this time period in France to emphasize the time passing for two characters, Estragon and Vladimir who hopelessly wait for Godot, whom is believed to be a God that will “save” them from their turmoil. Time is a psychological measurement, in which we can observe and measure. While waiting for Godot, Estragon and Vladimir display the inability to observe and measure time, which…show more content…
It is evident that Pozzo and Lucky’s unexpected appearance represents a diversion to pass time as Estragon and Vladimir wait for Godot. At first, Estragon mistakes Pozzo for Godot, but Vladimir insists that he is not Godot. When Pozzo questions them about Godot, Vladimir says they don’t know him very well. Estragon then states, “Personally, I wouldn 't even know him if I saw him.” Despite the fact of their uncertainty about Godot, they still rely on him for deliverance from turmoil. Unlike the rest of the characters, Lucky is initially portrayed as an empty and helpless slave who is restrained and literally weighed down by the baggage Pozzo forces upon him. Estragon and Vladimir are dumfounded and displeased about the state in which Pozzo has Lucky in. They repeatedly ask, “Why doesn 't he put down his bags?” The bags that Lucky constantly carries can be symbolized a “baggage of burdens” which belong to Pozzo. As his slave, Lucky adheres to every command of Pozzo and seldom puts down the bags unless he is ordered to, so that he can complete another order. Lucky’s hat represents his ability to think. When Vladimir places Lucky’s hat back on his head, Pozzo orders him to think and he immediately begins to give a long incoherent speech without pausing until his hat is removed, which instantly ends his thinking. In his speech, Lucky frequently mentions the phrase,

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