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Waiting for Godot

by Samuel Beckett
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What does this 'Waiting for Godot' represent? is it a punishment, can it be Estragon & Vladimir's act of waiting just as "The myth of sisiphys".

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This becomes the critical question of the play.  Indeed, there is a statement about how waiting for transcendent or totalizing forces can be a form of punishment, or can be similar to a Sisyphusian predicament.  I think that this particular play is so complex and so nuanced that one does...

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This becomes the critical question of the play.  Indeed, there is a statement about how waiting for transcendent or totalizing forces can be a form of punishment, or can be similar to a Sisyphusian predicament.  I think that this particular play is so complex and so nuanced that one does little in way of favor if they attempt to make broad statements about it.  I do believe that there are some points to be made regarding how Beckett himself sees the issue of waiting as one that has to be criticized if it prevents action from emerging.  When Vladimir and Estragon wait, they do so with a paralysis of action of any kind.  Nothing is done in the name of waiting.  This might be where there is a critique being offered.  Little can be done if action is not taken, if we rationalize away our abiliity to act and to emerge from paralysis.  It is in this light where the play could be making its most sweeping and powerful statement.

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