In Samuel Beckett's absurdist classic Waiting for Godot, the title character of Godot never appears. Vladimir and Estragon, the two main characters, wait for Godot throughout the duration of the play, and the audience waits alongside them for a situation that never materializes.
The title of the play is interesting because it tells the audience exactly what to expect from their experience as an audience member, in a literal sense. In traditional works of literature that contain a developed and coherent plot line, the act of waiting implies an arrival of some sort; in the theatre of the absurd, such an arrival is not at all a guarantee. Audience members not only witness the futility of waiting, they also experience the emptiness of such unrewarded anticipation.
Scholars have debated the meaning of the name "Godot," and many believe it to denote God. If this meaning is true, then the act of waiting for Godot can be compared to the act of waiting to see God, an act of faith for many Christians who believe seeing God is the reward for a life well-lived according to Christian principles.