Topic : Waiting for Godot

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Waiting for Godot is a notable literary work by Samuel Beckett. A complete discussion of this literary work is given, which will help you enhance your literary skills and prepare for the exam. Read the main text, key info, Summary, Themes, Characters, Literary Devices, Quotations, Notes, to various questions of Waiting for Godot.

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Waiting for Godot tragicomedy in 2 acts By Samuel Beckett   Estragon Vladimir Lucky Pozzo a boy   ACT I A country road. A tree. Evening. Estragon, sitting on a low mound, is trying to take off his boot. He pulls at it with both hands, panting. He gives up, exhausted, rests, tries again. As before. Enter Vladimir. ESTRAGON: (giving up again). Nothing to be done. VLADIMIR: (advancing with short, stiff strides, legs wide apart). I'm beginning to come round to that opinion. All my life I've tried to put it from me, saying Vladimir, be reasonable, you haven't yet [...]

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"Waiting for Godot" is a classic and existential play by Samuel Beckett. The play was first published in French in 1952 as "En attendant Godot" and later translated into English in 1954. It is a prominent work in the Theater of the Absurd movement. The play is characterized by its existential and often absurd themes. Here are some key facts about the play:

Writer: Samuel Beckett (1906-89)
Full Name of the Author: Samuel Barclay Beckett
Original Title: En attendant Godot.


"Waiting for Godot" is an absurd drama by the Irish Dramatist Samuel Beckett (1906-1989). Here is the detailed summary of the drama Waiting for Godot.

Estragon and Vladimir waiting for Godot: This is shown at the beginning of the drama, with Estragon standing under a tree trying to untie Shoe from his leg. Despite repeated attempts, he is unable to untie the Shoe. Then comes Vladimir. He said yesterday he was inside a pit/trench and was beaten a lot. After many attempts, Estragon finally succeeded in untying the Shoe from his leg. Then he looked to see if anything was stuck inside his shoe. Vladimir does the same thing with his hat. Vladimir then decided to leave. Then he started telling the story of the two thieves by himself. 

These two thieves were executed with Jesus Christ. He then asks Estragon if Estragon has ever read the Bible. Estragon references maps of various holy places from the Bible. Hearing this, Vladimir says that Estragon should have become a poet. Estragon shows his tattered clothes and says that he was indeed a poet once. To pass the time, Vladimir started telling the story of the two thieves again. Then Estragon wants to leave. But Vladimir holds him back. Because they are both here waiting for Godot. But they don't know if they are waiting in the right place or when Godot will come to meet them. 


Waiting for Godot is a classic creation of Samuel Beckett (1906-1989). The characters of this play are,

Vladimir ( French name- Didi)

One of the two protagonists. Perhaps the main protagonist of the play.

Estragon (French name- Gogo)

One of the two main characters of the play, along with Vladimir.