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Can anyone suggest a feminist view of 'Waiting for Godot'?

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Posted February 6, 2013 at 10:18 AM via web

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Can anyone suggest a feminist view of 'Waiting for Godot'?

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akannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted February 6, 2013 at 12:01 PM (Answer #1)

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I tend to think that the feminist view of the drama would be one in which the idea of solidarity with another in the form of friendship might be a part of this interpretation.  I am not sure Beckett would fully embrace it.  Yet, one of the realities that emerges from the drama is the fact that both Vladimir and Estragon show care for one another, solidarity in their waiting for Godot.  In Act II, Vladimir covers Estragon with his coat. Vladimir's line of, "I'm glad to see you back. I thought you were gone forever," and Estragon succeeding in removing his boot with the presence of his friend by his side are representations of how human solidarity can be seen as the only consistent element in a world of constant temporality.  It is here in which the feminist view can be evident.  The reality is that solidarity with another in the struggle of what it means to be human is where a feminist read lies.  Instead of waiting for Godot, the feminist view might focus on how women can demonstrate solidarity with one another in their struggle to be acknowledged.  In the process of having their own voice authenticated as a gender, there can be a sense of solidarity and strength shown towards one another in ensuring that the condition of being a woman is validated by one another.  It is the strength of solidarity that becomes one of the elements that arises out of the friendship between Vladimir and Estragon that can be applicable to feminism.

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