Review: Waiting for Godot

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Waiting for GodotBook Review
4 out of 5 stars to Waiting for Godot, written in 1952 by Samuel Beckett. Mankind in general is made up of both passive and active people. In Samuel Beckett’s absurdist play Waiting for Godot, there are four characters who can be directly compared to universal mankind. Estragon and Vladimir are considered passive people because they sit back and let life pass them by, unlike Pozzo and Lucky, who are active people because they live new adventures from day to day. Samuel Beckett’s play is a direct commentary on universal mankind and shows that the world is made up of “couch potatoes” and “Energizer bunnies” who have distinct differences.

Estragon and Vladimir are the passive people and could be considered the “couch potatoes” of today’s world. They sit around and do the same things day-in and day-out. “Couch potatoes” get up, watch TV, sleep, watch TV, eat, and rarely expend any energy. Estragon and Vladimir have daily rituals of removing boots, eating carrots, waiting for Godot, talking of beatings, and forgetting what they did the day before. Both “couch potatoes” and Beckett’s characters do absolutely nothing and as a result, the days run into each other with no boundaries. There is confusion and chaos everywhere. Throughout his play, Samuel Beckett’s characters portray elements of mankind who do nothing and live in a world of inaction and laziness. They are passive like Estragon and Vladimir.

However, Pozzo and Lucky show the active elements of universal mankind. They could be considered the “Energizer bunnies” of today’s world. Lucky runs around, foams at the mouth, recites incomprehensible speeches, and carries his master around subserviently like a true slave. From day to day they visit new places and meet with Estragon and Vladimir in different atmospheres. Pozzo also is very active like an “Energizer bunny.” He, as well as Lucky, “keep on licking and never take a licking.” Together they are constantly on the move from new place to new place. Similar to the real people of the world, Pozzo and Lucky are active. The active people will hop a plane to Paris one day and the next be swimming in Sydney, Australia. They live new adventures daily like Pozzo and Lucky. The characters in Samuel Beckett’s play are directly related to universal mankind who at times can be an active people.

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5 thoughts on “Review: Waiting for Godot

    lghiggins said:
    June 12, 2017 at 3:12 PM

    This post takes me back to my high school years. I both read Waiting for Godot and saw a performance of it in the Little Theater in my home town. Those were the years for me of The Iceman Cometh, Of Mice and Men, and existentialism. I was quite taken with all of it and felt intellectually sophisticated to explore all of those ideas. I was actually extremely naive. I wonder what my “grownup” impression of these works would be now. Your review is a good one and it is interesting to hear of Waiting for Godot couched in late 20th, early 21st century terms.

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      James J. Cudney IV responded:
      June 12, 2017 at 3:14 PM

      Thank you. I know exactly what you mean. I read this in high school and again in college. I’m curious to re-read them again now and see if my opinions have changed much. This one happens to be an older review just because I’m trying to close up on some things I read years ago. Nice to see you back online again. You were gone for a while. Hope all is well.

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        lghiggins said:
        June 12, 2017 at 3:19 PM

        Thanks. It is good to be back. I think I need to post about my absence just to fill in the gaps. Fortunately, no problems! I can’t catch up on all of your posts, but I look forward to reading them again. (I couldn’t even keep up with them during a “normal” part of life. 😉)

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        James J. Cudney IV responded:
        June 12, 2017 at 3:20 PM

        Hehe! It’ll slow down soon. I have 40 more older reviews to complete and then it’ll just be a couple a day. But thank you!


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