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I must say that I thoroughly hated reading this play. It was difficult to get through because the very use of repetition as its central theme made it hard to stand from an entertainment perspective. However, the language in the play was rather sophisticated and well planned out by Beckett. I believe this play is about the necessity of being able to wait for things that we want and how the inability of humans to wait is precisely what breeds many of the obstacles and unpleasant events we experience in the world. Every time that boredom seemed to take over one of the characters, violence was soon to follow. The master to slave relationship between Pozzo and Lucky was also something that stood out to me. The humor and unnecessary violence between the two of them seemed to provide an example of why such relationships are destructive, unnatural, and awkward in the world we live in. The fact that the two men never find Godot by the end of the play also displays the intricacies of faith. Beckett was probably trying to make a point that faith is something which humans are incapable of completely understanding. However, the theme of maintaining a faith despite setbacks and problems clearly seems to be important to him as evidenced in this play.

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To be perfectly honest, i could not stand reading this play. it wouldn't hold my attention no matter how hard i tried, so i had eventually ended up trying to just skim it, but that didn't work either, so i ended up watching the play itself online. once i watched it, i found it a lot more entertaining, so i feel like this play needs to be acted out and heard, or better yet, seen, in order to be fully enjoyed. I like the idea of having a full play where nothing happens, as it is unique, and a feat not easily accomplished. To me, this play had a message, like we discussed in class, where Godot, was representing god, and the main characters were in purgatory, waiting to be judged. This is supported by the references to the bible verses. Becket did a very good job keeping it funny and interesting, as well as keeping the viewer (however, not the reader), interested. in order to have a play with no plot, a certain level of genius is necessary, as not many people can, for lack of a better word, "BS," that well. all in all, i thought it was very well done, and portrays a time of waiting very well


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Godot is simply God. God that Estragon and Vladimir cannot reach for whatever reason. This hill is Purgatory. They wait, seemingly falling into the same steps, conversation, fights, and violence that they have already done before. Godot does not come because they haven't reached their penance yet, their potential, their revelation. We as people are stuck in the purgatory of our daily lives, in a repeating cycle that won't end until we wake up.

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I really hate theatre of the absurd. I usually say this to the horror of all my English teachers, but one can only read fragmented lines and thoughts so many times before my eyes actually want to bleed. Give me a middle, beginning and an end throw in an actual plot line and I am happy as can be. That being said, I don't think reading a play like "Waiting for Godot" or "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead" can give the work its full justice. Plays like this, with witty one liners and repetitive banters, I think it requires a stage and trained actors. I guess what I am trying to say is that my imagination is just not enough when it comes to a work like Beckett's work. The themes and symbols are easy enough to grasp -- violence, waiting and God -- but why I have a hard time grasping is WHY it has been so successful. I understand that the work was "groundbreaking" and this fragmented writing style is supposed to be some type of a representation for a fragmented outlook on life, but I simply do not understand that as a 21-year-old. Everytime I read one of these works I get frustrated at myself that I don't see what the big deal is. So, I understand "Waiting for Godot" and all the undertones it has on a culture, but I just don't like it. It's just too much of a good thing.

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Like most of the reactions to the play I have heard or read I agree with the elements of purgatory found within. I am not a religious person, but I think that you do not have to be to lock into this view of Waiting for Godot. Redemption and "saving" is found both overtly and hidden throughout the two acts. The overall bleakness of the play creates a very uncomfortable and aversive atmosphere that the audience would probably like to escape from themselves and yet they watch Estragon and Vladimir pass time there almost painfully. My interpreatation of the play is that this atmosphere it creates is intended to have the readers/viewers really go away with something to deeply think about and to even re-examine their lives and what their existence is and what they are doing in the here and now.

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For me, "Waiting For Godot" has a bunch of religious overtones hidden in the text. The two main characters just sit and wait the whole play without ever seeing Godot, they just get the other people coming through telling them to keep waiting, as Godot is coming soon. This, to me, seems a lot like religion today. We are told by holy men to just sit and wait for this epic being we cannot see or communicate with. We just have to sit and wait with hope. Some sit and wait contently, but some put up a fuss, like the main characters in "Waiting for Godot."
It could possibly be commenting on Irish nationalism and freedom. Godot could symbolize the freedom that the Irish were waiting for for so long, but it never came. Well, it eventually came, but the play could just overall symbolize the struggle of waiting.

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When I first read Waiting for Godot, I had a hard time getting any meaning from it. I think that it would’ve been better to see the play as opposed to reading it in order to understand what was supposed to be going on, but after talking about the play I can kind of see what Beckett was trying to do. The theater of the absurd takes the mundane and infuses it with significance in much the way that a novel does except that it leaves more room for interpretation. It was a frustrating read, but I think that it was meant to be that way. By ending the play in the same way that it started, with the characters messing with their boots, Beckett seems to suggest the endless cycle of waiting and ennui that is often experienced in modern society. Also, the strange relationship between Estragon and Vladimir sheds a lot of light on the human condition. Though they both seemed to enrage the other, neither of them wants to abandon the other and wait alone. This says a lot about man’s search for companionship and purpose. Both are dependent on the other to break the monotony of loneliness suggesting that humans would rather be with someone who they can’t stand than be alone. Overall, I think that Beckett’s point in the play is that life is ridiculous and pointless and unexplainable in so many ways. This feeling is especially important when thinking of the historical context of the play and the emotional state of Europe at the time that it was written. Because of this, I think that it’s definitely important to study this work despite its lack of plot and difficult nature. By finding meaning in the play, the audience is forced to process their feelings about the play and come to a better understanding of what is important in both literature and life.