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Waiting for Godot

by Samuel Beckett

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How does Waiting for Godot end?

Waiting for Godot ends with Estragon and Vladimir learning that Godot will "surely" come tomorrow. They decide to wait for him, then decide to "go." The play ends by explaining that "they do not move," suggesting they will stay in their current limbo.

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At the end of the play, the boy comes to Vladimir and Estragon and tells them that Godot won't arrive that evening after all. He tells them that Godot has said he will "surely" come tomorrow. The adverb "surely" implies that he won't come tomorrow: people tend to only use those kinds of reassuring words when an outcome is in doubt.

Vladimir then quizzes the boy on how Godot treats him. The boy says the Godot does not beat him but does beat his brother. The boy is uncertain as to whether or not he is happy with Godot. Vladimir instructs the boy to tell Godot he has seen them.

Night falls. Estragon decides to leave his boots for someone else. He decides he will look for rope to hang himself tomorrow. Both men decide they will wait for Godot to come the next day. They wonder if they should have both gone their separate ways long ago but decide it is no longer "worthwhile" to do so.

They both then determine that they would like to "go." However, the play ends explaining that "they do not move." This ending strongly suggests that the two men will continue to exist in the limbo that they are currently living in, with tomorrow a repetition of what today has been.

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