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The idea of "waiting" is an extremely potent concept both in the play and in its statement on human consciousness.  There is an inherent danger in trying to over-analyze anything that Beckett writers, but I think that it is fair to suggest that the concept of "waiting" is one that...

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The idea of "waiting" is an extremely potent concept both in the play and in its statement on human consciousness.  There is an inherent danger in trying to over-analyze anything that Beckett writers, but I think that it is fair to suggest that the concept of "waiting" is one that indicates that individuals, even with their freedom and autonomy in the modern setting, are condemned to paralysis of action in the name of "waiting."  The idea of the modern setting containing only freedom and autonomy helps to bring forth a positive vision and a connotation which indicates a sense of redemption present.  Beckett might be trying to bring out its negative opposite.  To paraphrase Constant, "What if, with our spirit of independence and action, we do exactly what we don't want to do?"  This can apply to Beckett in the idea that what if our freedom and action still results in the lack of action or paralysis in the hopes of "waiting" for some entity to provide the answers that we seek, or that we cannot determine?  The notion of waiting in this sense might be more of a statement on how futile freedom might be in this sense.

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