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Waiting for Godot

by Samuel Beckett

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Why do Gogo and Didi wait for Godot?

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“Waiting” is the word that represents Beckett’s attitude toward an existence with no meaning or goal, no direction.  The two characters are waiting for some instructions, some orders to do something, besides eat, sleep, and get “beat up” by unseen assailants.  Beckett’s view of life is that it has no purpose, and that our consciousness, our ability to feel pain and to “think,” to reason, makes us look for reasons where none exist.  The two characters represent the two aspects of our existence: our physical body and our mind; waiting is all we have.  Someone once said “Godot is a play in which nothing happens, twice.”  Why do they wait? As opposed to what?  Life is waiting for ……. “We give birth astride a grave; the light gleams an instant, then it’s night once more.”

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