Why are Vladimir and Estragon waiting for Godot?

In Waiting for Godot, Vladimir and Estragon are waiting for Godot's answer regarding a "vague supplication," but no clear reason is otherwise given for their waiting.

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No thorough explanation is ever given as to why Vladimir and Estragon are waiting for Godot. The audience is told the two men have given Godot a "vague supplication" and that Godot is currently considering it. However, the audience is not told what this supplication is, so the concrete reason...

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No thorough explanation is ever given as to why Vladimir and Estragon are waiting for Godot. The audience is told the two men have given Godot a "vague supplication" and that Godot is currently considering it. However, the audience is not told what this supplication is, so the concrete reason for the men's waiting is never made clear.

Many have come up with metaphorical reasons for Vladimir and Estragon's wait. Some argue that Godot is a stand-in for God and that the men's waiting for his arrival is meant to evoke anything from Christians anticipating the Second Coming of Christ at the end of time to the granting of a prayer. Therefore, Godot's absence implies that God either does not exist or is uninterested in human affairs.

The period of waiting that the men undergo may be seen as a representation of life itself, and what they do within that block of time may be meant to show how most people spend their lives. That Vladimir and Estragon spend their time doing more or less nothing suggests that most people do not make effective use of the time they are given or that they waste it pining after a sense of prescribed existential meaning that does not exist.

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