Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett

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Samuel Beckett, “Waiting for Godot”


Waiting for Godot is one of the most influential theatrical works of the post –war period.

Vladimir and Estragon, two old men, possibly tramps, are caught in each of the two acts in an apparently endless waiting for a mysterious figure called Godot.


While they wait, they engage in a series of verbal games to give themselves “the impression they exist”.

They have three visitors: Pozzo, who comes on the stage driving the deeply depressed Lucky* by means of a rope (=corda) and a whip (=frusta), and later a boy, with a message from Godot:”he won’t come this evening”.

Godot,however, never comes and at the end of the play Vladimir and Estragon are left waiting.

Their waiting, in ignorance, fear, despair and occasionally hope, is Beckett’s image of the human condition.

*In the relationship between Pozzo and Lucky it could be seen a class relationship, of the slave-master type.


The language

The language is full of repetitions, it is composed of ready-made phrases. .