Vladimir and Estragon
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Godot does not have an identity, according to Beckett, and it is therefore erroneous to try to find out who he is. Considering the way in which this play reflects the human condition, one can also say that this means it is erroneous to ponder the spiritual realm which is beyond our ability to comprehend. Porter Abbott also makes note of the idea that it should not be the focus of interpretation of the play to find out who Godot is.
He notes that the audience should be most concerned with the fact that the identity and nature of Godot is never revealed, rather than trying to figure out his identity. When the boy comes at the end of both acts and informs Vladimir that Godot is going to come, Vladimir never questions him about how truthful he is being about his knowledge of Godot.
Vladimir only asks the boy superficial things about him, his brother, and his home life. The following section of dialogue in the second act is an example of this: What does he do, Mr. Do you hear me? He does nothing, Sir.
How is your brother? It seems from this that Beckett is making a statement about the case of blind faith in religion. Christians, for example, are taught to never question the will of God, and take what they are told about him for granted. Estragon and Vladimir Near the beginning of the first act, Estragon attempts to tell Vladimir what he had dreamed after waking from a nap.
Beckett: Relationships between Vladimir and Estragon
The following silence sets this quote apart from the rest of the line, it makes reference to the idea of looking to the supernatural, the universe, as one way of pondering the meaning of life. Estragon would rather discuss his dream with Vladimir, and maybe through interpretation, become more enlightened about the human condition.
It seems as though Beckett makes use of this to say that one should place more emphasis on personal experience as a means of discovering profound truths rather than looking into a realm beyond human comprehension and certainty. Pozzo's "party piece" on the sky is a clear example: Little is learned about Pozzo besides the fact that he is on his way to the fair to sell his slave, Lucky. He presents himself very much as the Ascendancy landlord, bullying and conceited.
His pipe is made by Kapp and PetersonDublin's best-known tobacconists their slogan was "The thinking man's pipe" which he refers to as a " briar " but which Estragon calls a " dudeen " emphasising the differences in their social standing. He confesses to a poor memory but it is more a result of an abiding self-absorption.
That's why he overdoes things These were things Beckett said, psychological terms he used. Lucky is the absolutely subservient slave of Pozzo and he unquestioningly does his every bidding with "dog-like devotion". Lucky speaks only once in the play and it is a result of Pozzo's order to "think" for Estragon and Vladimir. Pozzo and Lucky have been together for sixty years and, in that time, their relationship has deteriorated.
Lucky has always been the intellectually superior but now, with age, he has become an object of contempt: Despite his horrid treatment at Pozzo's hand however, Lucky remains completely faithful to him.
Even in the second act when Pozzo has inexplicably gone blind, and needs to be led by Lucky rather than driving him as he had done before, Lucky remains faithful and has not tried to run away; they are clearly bound together by more than a piece of rope in the same way that Didi and Gogo are "[t]ied to Godot".
Beckett struggled to retain the French atmosphere as much as possible, so that he delegated all the English names and places to Lucky, whose own name, he thought, suggested such a correlation.
In Godot we trust
The boy in Act I, a local lad, assures Vladimir that this is the first time he has seen him. He says he was not there the previous day.
He confirms he works for Mr. Godot as a goatherd. His brother, whom Godot beats, is a shepherd. Godot feeds both of them and allows them to sleep in his hayloft. The boy in Act II also assures Vladimir that it was not he who called upon them the day before.
He insists that this too is his first visit.
When Vladimir asks what Godot does the boy tells him, "He does nothing, sir. This boy also has a brother who it seems is sick but there is no clear evidence to suggest that his brother is the boy that came in Act I or the one who came the day before that. In the first Act, the boy, despite arriving while Pozzo and Lucky are still about, does not announce himself until after Pozzo and Lucky leave, saying to Vladimir and Estragon that he waited for the other two to leave out of fear of the two men and of Pozzo's whip; the boy does not arrive early enough in Act II to see either Lucky or Pozzo.
In both Acts, the boy seems hesitant to speak very much, saying mostly "Yes Sir" or "No Sir", and winds up exiting by running away. Godot[ edit ] The identity of Godot has been the subject of much debate.
It is just implied in the text, but it's not true. The first is that because feet are a recurring theme in the play, Beckett has said the title was suggested to him by the slang French term for boot: This seemed to disappoint him greatly. But you must remember — I wrote the play in French, and if I did have that meaning in my mind, it was somewhere in my unconscious and I was not overtly aware of it. However, "Beckett has often stressed the strong unconscious impulses that partly control his writing; he has even spoken of being 'in a trance ' when he writes.
Unlike elsewhere in Beckett's work, no bicycle appears in this play, but Hugh Kenner in his essay "The Cartesian Centaur"  reports that Beckett once, when asked about the meaning of Godot, mentioned "a veteran racing cyclist, bald, a 'stayer', recurrent placeman in town-to-town and national championships, Christian name elusive, surname Godeau, pronounced, of course, no differently from Godot. Beckett himself said the emphasis should be on the first syllable, and that the North American pronunciation is a mistake.
Borchardt checked with Beckett's nephew, Edward, who told him his uncle pronounced it that way as well. Two men are waiting on a country road by a tree. The men are of unspecified origin, though it is clear that they are not English by nationality since they refer to currency as francsand tell derisive jokes about the English — and in English-language productions the pair are traditionally played with Irish accents.
The script calls for Estragon to sit on a low mound but in practice—as in Beckett's own German production—this is usually a stone. In the first act the tree is bare.
In the second, a few leaves have appeared despite the script specifying that it is the next day. The minimal description calls to mind "the idea of the lieu vague, a location which should not be particularised".
In Act I, Vladimir turns toward the auditorium and describes it as a bog. In the Cackon country! Interpretations[ edit ] "Because the play is so stripped down, so elemental, it invites all kinds of social and political and religious interpretation", wrote Normand Berlin in a tribute to the play in Autumn"with Beckett himself placed in different schools of thought, different movements and 'ism's. The attempts to pin him down have not been successful, but the desire to do so is natural when we encounter a writer whose minimalist art reaches for bedrock reality.
There are ritualistic aspects and elements taken directly from vaudeville  and there is a danger in making more of these than what they are: The play "exploits several archetypal forms and situations, all of which lend themselves to both comedy and pathos. Of course you use it. As far back ashe remarked, "Why people have to complicate a thing so simple I can't make out. Although he had overseen many productions, this was the first time that he had taken complete control.
Walter Asmus was his conscientious young assistant director. The production was not naturalistic. Beckett explained, It is a game, everything is a game. When all four of them are lying on the ground, that cannot be handled naturalistically. That has got to be done artificially, balletically. Otherwise everything becomes an imitation, an imitation of reality [ It should become clear and transparent, not dry.
It is a game in order to survive. Beckett himself sanctioned "one of the most famous mixed-race productions of Godot, performed at the Baxter Theatre in the University of Cape Towndirected by Donald Howarthwith [ The Baxter production has often been portrayed as if it were an explicitly political production, when in fact it received very little emphasis. What such a reaction showed, however, was that, although the play can in no way be taken as a political allegorythere are elements that are relevant to any local situation in which one man is being exploited or oppressed by another.
Graham Hassell writes, "[T]he intrusion of Pozzo and Lucky [ This, some feel, is an inevitable consequence of Beckett's rhythms and phraseology, but it is not stipulated in the text.
At any rate, they are not of English stock: Dukore defines the characters by what they lack: Di-di id-id — who is more instinctual and irrational — is seen as the backward id or subversion of the rational principle. Godot fulfills the function of the superego or moral standards. Pozzo and Lucky are just re-iterations of the main protagonists. Dukore finally sees Beckett's play as a metaphor for the futility of man's existence when salvation is expected from an external entity, and the self is denied introspection.
The shadow is the container of all our despised emotions repressed by the ego. Lucky, the shadow, serves as the polar opposite of the egocentric Pozzo, prototype of prosperous mediocrity, who incessantly controls and persecutes his subordinate, thus symbolising the oppression of the unconscious shadow by the despotic ego.
Both are tramps dressed in costumes which could be interchanged - big boots which don't necessarily fit, big bowler hats, baggy and ill-fitting suits.
Their costumes recall the type found in burlesque or vaudeville houses. The opening scene with Estragon struggling with his boots and Vladimir doffing and donning his hat to inspect it for lice could be a part of a burlesque routine. Such comic episodes continue until the characters — and the audiences — are bored with it.
Vladimir would be the equivalent of the straight man in burlesque comedy. He is also the intellectual who is concerned with a variety of ideas. Of the two, Vladimir makes the decisions and remembers significant aspects of their past. He is the one who constantly reminds Estragon that they must wait for Godot. Vladimir seems to know more about Godot. Vladimir often sees religious or philosophical implications in their discussions of events, and he interprets their actions in religious terms; for example, he is concerned about the religious implications in such stories as the two thieves who were crucified on either side of Jesus.