Does Godot ever arrive?

No, Godot never arrives in Waiting for Godot.

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Waiting for Godot 's plot is all in its title: two old men, Vladimir and Estragon, spend long amounts of time awaiting the arrival of a man named Godot. The audience never learns who Godot is or why waiting for him is so important, but the hope of his eventual...

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Waiting for Godot's plot is all in its title: two old men, Vladimir and Estragon, spend long amounts of time awaiting the arrival of a man named Godot. The audience never learns who Godot is or why waiting for him is so important, but the hope of his eventual arrival clearly means a lot to the characters. Unfortunately for Vladimir and Estragon, they are still left waiting by the end of the play, and they choose to keep waiting for a man who may or may not ever appear.

Many have interpreted this fruitless wait for the absent Godot in a variety of ways. The most common interpretation is that Godot represents God. At one point, he is described as an old man with a white beard, which is a common visualization of the Judeo-Christian God. He also appears to be powerful. Lastly, the very hope of his visit gives Vladimir and Estragon meaning or, at least, the possibility of meaning.

If Godot is interpreted in this way, his absence suggests two possible readings: God(ot) does not exist, or God(ot) exists but has no interest in interfering in the affairs of mortals. Both of these readings also suggest that the universe is absurd and that people must manufacture meaning for their own lives rather than depend upon God to do so.

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