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What is the significance of Lucky's speech in Waiting for Godot?

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Posted March 21, 2009 at 3:05 AM via web

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What is the significance of Lucky's speech in Waiting for Godot?

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Noelle Thompson | High School Teacher | eNotes Employee

Posted March 21, 2009 at 11:00 AM (Answer #1)

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Demonstrating the disintegration of the human condition, Lucky's speech is a summary of the two main characters' life journies and, therefore, the life-journey of all humanity.  Once the reader gets past the seemingly random collection of words in Lucky's speech, it is important to note a few different things commented upon.  First, Lucky comments upon God in all of His "divine apathia" who Lucky feels is no longer present. This commentary about God leads nicely into Lucky's next subject which is the human condition.  Humanity, according to Lucky, "wastes and pines wastes and pines."  Finally, Lucky speaks of the earth which, he says, is "much more grave" leading the reader to believe that Lucky is speaking about eventual death.  Also, throughout the speech, Lucky also does his own fair share of mocking everything from higher learning to the most grotesque of bodily functions.  These interludes are, of course, dispersed throughout the speech.  In a nutshell, I believe that Lucky isn't spouting nonsense words.  No.  Lucky is revealing our path through life to death with a few laughs along the way.

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