Waiting for Godot Questions and Answers
by Samuel Beckett

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Who was Godot in the play Waiting for Godot?

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This is probably the most essential question that drives the inquiry behind Beckett's work. On one level, I think that it is a misread to consider "Godot" as "God."  It seems that it is to quick and reductive of an answer given the complexity of Beckett's work.  However, there is a level of truth which might be there in such an answer.  The idea of a totalizing, unifying, and transcendent force causes people to "wait" for an answer, to "wait" for the belief in resolution within such comedic realities.  Recall Yeats' poem, "The Second Coming:"  "Surely, the second coming is at hand."  This idea that the craving for unity and symmetry causes individuals to wait for something, causing paralysis, as opposed to taking action to minimize human suffering and cruelty might be a significant aspect of determining "who is Godot."  Anything that causes individuals to wait and not take action can serve as Godot.

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This is a much harder question to answer than it might appear. In this play, which is an example of "theatre of the absurd", there is much discussion regarding who Godot is really supposed to be.

On the surface, he is a person for whom the characters are waiting, but who never arrives. Some critics of the play have speculated that Becket was playing with the idea of God, and they point to the similarity of the name "Godot" with "God". Man is always searching for God, but he never comes. Or, man is always waiting for someone to make his life better, but this never happens, that "person" never comes.

At the end of the play, Vladimir and Estragon decide to leave, to stop waiting for Godot, but do they go? No. They stay. Nothing happens. It's absurd - theatre of the absurd. Life is absurd. God is existential. If he's there, he doesn't care. And men waste a lot of time in life trying to figure out if he is coming. But he never does. It's up to us to figure out our reason for existence, and if there is a God, he watches with disinterest. Pretty grim philosophy, in my view.

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waiting For Godot  

writing by Samuel Bacett,  The greatest writer write the play by only the them of religion so that Godot is God, The sense of religion power which is power of supreme.  Who is the powerful agent can help any poor, refuse and hopeless. In one word we can said that Godot is power of imagine who can do all thing but don't appear at front of us. 

At the religion senses the God have no safe no image,  have no need to eat,  drink,  or sleep,  he is only mightier force.  Likely when we go trough into the play we see vladimer and....  are waiting for Godot at that time a child appear to them and said that  Godot don't come today,  will tomorrow.  But next day they are waiting like so before days.  Today again that boys come and said like that speech "Godot will come tomorrow " but they are waiting like so which kind they do so. 

 So we take a decision that Godot is God,  who don't appear in front of us.  Who is figureless.  This is only religion mid,s believe. 

Godot is God and powerful prince,  we look when first lime pizzicato and lucky come into scene here possibly is boss like king and lucky is his servant who is alltime ready to flow his command.  So Samuel backett opened his opinion at that point with deep religion mind.  That is why this is the play which is religious them and mentality.  There are no doubt Godot is God.  

Another themetical analysis

When nextday pizzicato and lucky come in spot,  we look something travel within their body appreciation.  Likely pizzicato lost his lost his eyes and lucky was dumbs.  Here Backett apply the them of supreme power of God. Writer proved that suppression pow is not for human is for almighty God. 

kitir | Student

Godot refers to may God as the absurd literary trend emerged in very crucial conditions of suffering ,agony and frustration due to war with tragic reality on the life . rendering impossible to sort out of recurrent vicious circle of death and dismay that hindered human mind stagnate , unable to determine his destiny for redemption, but attached his hopes on god for salvation instead making g his mind to draw his own fate  this is the absurdity