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Ah, yes, I do have people around, loving and caring. I believe in the relationships. But the search, search is for something higher. I am waiting for the truth I need to see and believe. Wouldn't it be the truth which must better suit me? Which might go well down inside me? What will I do then? Well, then perhaps I will keep waiting.

I am not sure whether through this play Beckett intended to illustrate religious or philosophical inference. I read somewhere that he refuted such claims. But I liked it because it resonated well with what I was pondering upon during the time I read it. You surely send a shiver down my spine Beckett, but I love you all the more for that. View all 23 comments.

Feb 05, Brian rated it it was amazing. My reasoning behind this is very simple: the play deals with the ideas of God, faith, daily living, death, our interactions with those we care about and those we don't and about the perceived hopelessness of hope.

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In short, things that we deal with on a daily basis. These fundamental aspects of life are also things that we change our views on as we age and get different life experiences under our belt. I "Waiting for Godot" is a play that merits being read about once every decade of your life. I will not attempt to analyze or define this play in this space. I think the myriads of interpretations this text offers are almost numberless. And, I am sure that if I look at this review a few years hence I will have changed many things that I thought about this play.

Such is the nature of the masterpiece that Samuel Beckett has created. The two main characters, Vladimir and Estragon, are two friends who alternate between loathing and desperately loving and needing the other. Their interactions are the crux of the play, and on this reading I was very moved by the simplicity and honesty of the relationship that they share. There are also two secondary roles that pop up once in each act, Pozzo and Lucky, and their part in the play serves as one of the more tantalizing mysteries of interpretation.

I am still not sure what Beckett is doing with them, and I have read the play twice now, and saw it performed once. The English translation of the play was done by the author himself, and having the original author make the translation is one of the many reasons why I think this text has staying power. Beckett was able to convey his original ideas, in the manner he chose, and thus the English version really is the same play. I don't know if "Waiting for Godot" is about our relationship with a God that is silent in modern times, an existential treatise on faith, or is it simply commentary on humanity.

Actually I can say confidently that the play touches on all three and much much more. If you have some smart friends read and discuss this work with them. It will make for an interesting evening. View all 10 comments. It would cause quite a stir. DODO — What are you waiting for then?


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View all 28 comments. The dilemma of being human: Why does it happen at all? Where do we go when it ends? The perpetual struggle between hope and despair. Sincere and heartwarming in an odd sort of way. View all 62 comments. You would not even survive a second without me.

I even took that wretched boot and that stinky feet on my chest! Feet: Ha.. Stinky you say! Ah, I was the one who inspired him. Not some dumbheads as they would like to believe. Human: Come on, now! Like can someone be so obnoxiously imbecile? No wonder you both have no identity without me. Subtract my dialogu [Curtains Fall] Stage: I lived good, within all of you. Subtract my dialogue and that truck-load of humor and you are like that filthy hat, empty. Hat: Excuse me, Sir. Your decorated language overshoots its limits. I only talk to people who float at the same thought altitude as me.

For all others, I am like the aeroplane, seen from the land; once into the clouds, construed as lost. Meaning: Nothing is ever lost, except for me that is. All of you kept waiting for me, yeah, you called me some weird name… Godot, is it? Human: You are Godot! Drop the veil I say! I lost precious time waiting for you! Meaning: Ah! You are indeed blind, dear Human. You wait for something that is right in front of you. Human: What do you mean?

Meaning: Well, just what I said. I come in different avatars. And if I am not in the attire that you have chosen for me, you assume I am not in the picture at all. Human: That is precisely the reason I hate you; you complicate simple things. But in your blindness, you overlook all my manifestations and hinge all your energies at a haloed nothingness. Human: Err…. I guess … Meaning: And the worst thing about you? Even when I broadcast to you, in the clearest terms possible, that whatever is around you, is enough to keep you sane and going, you forever look starry eyed to the other side of the sky.

Then a blink of an eye. But Tomorrow is bewitching. Meaning: I agree, my dear. But Today is blessing. Piece in two acts, the first work I discovered by Samuel Beckett. I'm not disappointed, I like the theater of the absurd. To put two men on stage, to make them speak for two hours to wait for someone who does not come and who will never come , it was necessary to dare.

When we know that these men are vagabonds, that they have nothing important to say to each other, apart from speaking and waiting, that Godot is expected to have no interest, one wonders whether Beckett not take for pigeons. But the Piece in two acts, the first work I discovered by Samuel Beckett. But there are also symbols, Godot, little invisible god, the tree that occupies the stage, the melon hats of those left behind for society The play is masterful, it can be represented in every way, comical, tragic, dramatic, one can also see the twentieth century represented in its essence.

It is Beckett's most famous play, the one that made it known and a classic of the theater of the absurd. Of great art, in words as in dramatic art. After all this, I hope to see Joyce again. View all 7 comments. Mar 29, Sean rated it it was amazing Recommends it for: Those who really love theatre or work at LottaBurger.

Definitely not for everybody but by God if he shows up it's brilliant. But I wouldn't blame anyone for disagreeing with me. Still it's more accessible than you might think -- a student who studied this play with me in one of my university classes had the assignment of memorizing the quite surrealistic Lucky and Potzo monologue. Problem was she was a single mother and between that and her manager's job at the local Lotta-Burger she didn't have much time for home study. Her solution? She gave a Definitely not for everybody but by God if he shows up it's brilliant.

She gave a copy of the monologue to all of her co-workers -- the cooks, counter workers, take-out window people etc -- and assigned them all to help her practice it during work hours. The results, which I witnessed myself, were hilarious -- cook and manager and counter folks all shouting 'Quaw', 'Quaw', etc over their shoulders at each other while they waited on customers Beckett would have appreciated: "Waiting for 'To Go'" But it's the way of doing it that counts, the way of doing it, if you want to go on living.

I've no idea how I'd have reviewed this had the Charleston church shooting not occurred. For those not in the US-centric know, a white man drove for two hours to reach one of the oldest black churches in the country, attended the prayer amidst the crowd for a while, and then opened fire on the congregation, killing nine people. One five-year-old girl survived by playing dead, the white man was taken into custody without being killed on sight, and what news outlets aren't ignoring the story are calling it a hate crime.

One spot of irony is, what was the point of inventing the word "terrorism" if popularly proclaimed common sense cherry picks the usage. Another is the fact that I'm even trying to pick apart the usual inconsistencies that let the world pillow their sleep on suffering. The things the powerful do. I am angry because I've not been forced into fear. All listen, bent double. POZZO: disappointed. As an atheist, I'm not going to talk about the deity stuff. I'm more interested in authority, and random violence, and how the average acts in response to horror, both to the surround sound and the intimately related.

Here, we have two homeless men regularly threatening to kill themselves, waiting on a higher, watching the antics of a higher? There is talk of exile, punishment for being poor, the filling up of the hanging on the appearance of another, a future that cannot be handled beyond the day by day, etc, etc, etc. There is the red herring of "cripple" via the loss of the senses. There is the threat of succumbing to that age-old accepted cripple, the only of its kind: sadism, realpolitik, finding the value of a human being lacking.

Let us do something, while we have the chance! It is not every day that we are needed. Not indeed that we personally are needed. Others would meet the case equally well, if not better. To all mankind they were addressed, those cries for help still ringing in our ears! But at this place, in this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late! Let us represent worthily for once the foul brood to which a cruel fate consigned us! What do you say?

The times have changed. Lines of power proclaimed by history are sunkenly set through the erasure of history, the bartering of homicide, and the liminal spaces of hired hand and mental illness. The poor, the enslaved, the abused. For the post WWII, I have to wonder how many put in the Vichy Government, the concentration camps, the refusal of refugees the world over. Or we could strip it and speak of authority, random violence, gaslighting, the impulse to hurt, the impulse to reach out, the impulse to risk punishment for the sake of movement and forgo movement for the sake of punishment.

Am I sleeping now? To-morrow, when I wake, or think I do, what shall I say of to-day? There's humor in this. That's the hard part. The worst part is, at the heart of it, this is power. How often do Vladimir and Estragon walk hand in hand in the face of it? How often do we? View 2 comments. Waiting for Godot is deep, dark and bold, exploring many complex and surprising themes. Waiting for Godot is philosophical but not in a pretentious way, and isn't afraid to break boundaries by introducing themes of everything from bizarre humor to suicide luckily these two prot Waiting for Godot is deep, dark and bold, exploring many complex and surprising themes.

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Waiting for Godot is philosophical but not in a pretentious way, and isn't afraid to break boundaries by introducing themes of everything from bizarre humor to suicide luckily these two protagonists never get so far as to actually go through with it! It seems that in some ways we are all 'waiting for Godot', at least this is the theme that appears to come through Samuel Beckett's classic and acclaimed two act play.

Part of the genius of this play is the fact that it was written as an apparent diversion from the prose Beckett had been writing at the time. To be able to sit down and write a play hailed as the greatest of the 20th Century while working on a longer volume is an act of legendary proportions. The play itself is both minimalist and It seems that in some ways we are all 'waiting for Godot', at least this is the theme that appears to come through Samuel Beckett's classic and acclaimed two act play.

The play itself is both minimalist and absurd in varying degrees. It follows two key men, Vladmir and Estragon, as they wait by a tree for a mutual acquaintance - a Mr. As they wait the men discuss various philosophical, ethical and moral quandaries; they bicker, fight and generally act as all close friends do. Into the scene step Pozzo and Lucky, a master and slave combination who interact with Vladmir and Estragon. It appears Pozzo is on his way to sell Lucky but nothing is made entirely clear in Beckett's play.

In fact part of the masterful delivery of Beckett is that ambiguity that he cloaks the play in, making the audience unsure of what exact purpose the play is meant to convey. Indeed, what one can get out of the play will depend on the particular analysis one accepts along with the general sense you receive from the play. Nothing is entirely clear cut in Beckett's play's setting.

There is much made as to the fact that the title of Beckett's play reminds one of 'waiting for God'. This interpretation is one which has gained much traction in mass analysis, and yet Beckett himself indicated that "if by Godot I had meant God I would have said God, not Godot. I for one am inclined to believe Beckett, as he first wrote the play in French and as such from all accounts the word 'Godot' has more in common with a particular word for a boot.

This interpretation naturally adds to the absurdist nature of the play. At the same time 'Waiting for a Boot' would be a remarkably fitting title as both characters in the play seem to need a figurative kick to move them from the gloomy depression they live their lives in. This all said it seems difficult to entirely divorce Waiting for Godot from Christianity entirely. Many religious references exist in the play and Beckett was from all understandings a man reasonably well versed in scripture.

If this is not a play about waiting upon God it is certainly a play that questions the role of God in a modern world and what mankind's role is. The ultimate underlying assertion appears to be that man is meant to be an active participant in the reality of the world rather than someone who simply waits and hopes that things will improve.

Vladmir: "Was I sleeping, while the others suffered? Tomorrow, when I wake, or think I do, what shall I say of today? That with Estragon my friend, at this place, until the fall of night, I waited for Godot? That Pozzo passed, with his carrier, and that he spoke to us? Probably, but in all that what truth will there be?

Studying it as a modernist work certainly seems to reveal that as a work of fiction the play seems preoccupied with how narcisistic and aware the characters truly are. In many ways it is an absurd, crazy and bland play. In others it is a play that mirrors modern life by showing readers and viewers two characters who are so preoccupied with themselves that they cannot even comprehend the idea of leaving to help others more in need.

In many ways we too are those people, sitting under the same tree every day, contemplating with dark humour whether something like suicide might be fun, and always waiting relentlessly for Godot rather than going out and finding the fellow. Aug 26, David Schaafsma rated it it was amazing Shelves: best-books-ever , plays. Oh, the play, you ask? One of the classics of world literature, probably the single text that earned him the Nobel Prize in Literature, that he calls a tragi-comedy, and it does seem to ride on that razor edge between comedy and tragedy.

Some speculate Godot is really God. Maybe, but in this play it is not clear who Godot is, or why they are waiting for him. Beckett, I understand, said it was a mistake he made to use the name Godot and make others think of God. There is some discussion of religion in the play, though. The setting is spare with a single bare tree on the set.

What do they do? He wilts, vanquished, and turns away. Well, that passed the time. It was passing, anyway. But it made it pass more quickly. So they converse. They are friends, and they pluckily support each other in their poverty and bleak circumstances. They also meet Pozzo and his slave, Lucky, where we see a contrast to their supportive relationship, a power relationship, one of cruelty.

An allegory of choices for us? Fascism vs the Allied Forces that defeated it? But Gogo and Didi persist and prevail, together. Not much happens, but they present an image of steadfastness in the face of serious challenges. Inspirational, I say. Or, since they only wait, and do not leave, it could be seen as hopeless, as a kind of nihilist stasis!

One thing the play is about, I think, is how they got to this dystopian desert of a place. One thing it is about is language, which we sometimes see as the flower of humankind, but in all its glory did not help us prevent the Holocaust. Another thing the play is about is rationality, or thinking, the very foundation of science and technological accomplishment, that also did not prevent Nagasaki and Hiroshima.

But at this place, at this moment of time, all mankind is us, whether we like it or not. Does he make a final judgement? Have we descended as a human race into evil, at last? For each one who begins to weep somewhere else another stops. The same is true of the laugh. Let us not then speak ill of our generation, it is not any unhappier than its predecessors.

Jul 24, Inder Suri rated it really liked it Shelves: e-books , , plays. What the fuck did I just read? Yes, I should. I should think about it more. I should sit back in silence and contemplate. I will. Yes, I will. No, not for Godot. Haah, funny name. I hope he looks cool. But can we see him? I don't know. Do you? Waiting for Godot would be the most foolish thing to do.

I think so. So, What have you been doing all your life? Don't tell me you were "Waiting for Godot. I am not gonna wait for Godot. S What the fuck did I just read? Should I? Life is such a mess. So are we. I should go now. I have got so much to do. I want Truth, the truth about Life. For that, I need to think and understand everything.

And wait. Not for Godot. Oh, Godot. Do you know the Truth? Do you have answers? If Yes, I can wait for you. Oh Yes, I can. What the fuck am I talking about. I will come back and talk when I know what I am talking about Sep 10, Fabian rated it liked it. The third part reaches down to bedrock. The voice is that of someone who is unnamable, and it is not clear whether it is a voice that comes from beyond the grave or from a limbo before birth.

This is the subject also of the play Play first performed , which shows the dying moments of consciousness of three characters, who have been linked in a trivial amorous triangle in life, lingering on into eternity.

In a French farce, laughter will arise from seeing the frantic and usually unsuccessful pursuit of trivial sexual gratifications. The laughter will arise from a view of pompous and self-important preoccupation with illusory ambitions and futile desires. Far from being gloomy and depressing, the ultimate effect of seeing or reading Beckett is one of cathartic release, an objective as old as theatre itself. Technically, Beckett was a master craftsman, and his sense of form is impeccable.

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Molloy and Waiting for Godot, for example, are constructed symmetrically, in two parts that are mirror images of one another. In his work for the mass media, Beckett also showed himself able to grasp intuitively and brilliantly the essential character of their techniques. His radio plays, such as All That Fall , are models in the combined use of sound, music, and speech. The short television play Eh Joe!

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Finally, his film script Film creates an unforgettable sequence of images of the observed self trying to escape the eye of its own observer. His series Acts Without Words are exactly what the title denotes, and one of his last plays, Rockaby, lasts for 15 minutes. We welcome suggested improvements to any of our articles. You can make it easier for us to review and, hopefully, publish your contribution by keeping a few points in mind. Your contribution may be further edited by our staff, and its publication is subject to our final approval.

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Waiting for Godot, tragicomedy in two acts by Irish writer Samuel Beckett , published in in French as En attendant Godot and first produced in The play consists of conversations…. Paris, city and capital of France, situated in the north-central part of the country. The modern city…. History at your fingertips. Sign up here to see what happened On This Day , every day in your inbox! By signing up, you agree to our Privacy Notice.

Be on the lookout for your Britannica newsletter to get trusted stories delivered right to your inbox. Help us improve this article! Contact our editors with your feedback. Edit Mode. Samuel Beckett. When the TEI published version 2. The SIG proposes to complement a text-oriented approach with a document-oriented approach. The latter focuses on the physical object, comprising one or more written surfaces.

The rationale behind the clear distinction between a document-oriented and a text-oriented approach on the level of the encoding is partly based on the traditional distinction between 'Befund' record and 'Deutung' interpretation Zeller At the level of the encoding, however, a document-oriented approach is not totally 'interpretation'-free. For instance, the use of the 'change' attribute to indicate different writing stages or 'revision campaigns' may require a great amount of interpretation on the part of the editor or transcriber, especially when the author used the same writing tool for both the 'first layer' of the text and for the revisions.

The BDMP works with a text-oriented approach, but not without taking 'toposensitive' Ferrer , data into account. The 'record' 'Befund' is represented by means of digital facsimiles, while the transcriptions are regarded as forms of 'interpretation' 'Deutung' of the manuscripts because they are never fully free of interpretation.

The genetic edition offers two transcriptions topographic and linear of each version, in combination with digital facsimiles. Jean-Louis Lebrave recommends the combination of a facsimile with a topographic transcription, arguing that a linear transcription reduces the manuscript to a textual model Lebrave , Yet, these two diverging viewpoints are not irreconcilable. On the one hand, a topographic transcription is not always that 'simple'; on the other hand, a linear transcription does not necessarily imply a 'reduction'.

The BDMP therefore enables the reader at any point to send suggestions or alternative transcriptions to the editorial board with the 'Your comments' button. Transcription method According to Daniel Ferrer's principle that 'the draft is not a text' but 'a protocol for making a text' Ferrer , , the BDMP offers the facsimile of the draft the protocol and different interpretations of that protocol in the form of two types of transcription, a document-oriented transcription and a text-oriented transcription. The topographic transcriptions decipher the texts of the manuscripts and reconstruct their page layout.

The result is merely an attempt to recreate the impression of the original document e. The type font used for the transcription of typescripts is 'Courier'; holograph manuscripts or additions in Beckett's hand are in 'Arial Narrow'. The colours correspond with the colours of Beckett's writing tools. The linear transcriptions of the documents preserved at the holding libraries translate the signs on the manuscript into a textual format, with as little diacritical signs as possible. The default visualisation does not indicate the place of additions or Beckett's writing tools, but this information is encoded in the XML and can be made explicit in the linear transcription see 'Manual', subsection ' Tools '.

Transcription conventions The electronic encoding makes it possible to visualize the linear transcriptions in different ways. In the default visualization, the deletions are crossed through:. The transcription of each version is accompanied by a thumbnail that gives a graphic impression of the relevant document's layout. This was incorporated into the 2. However, these different stages cannot always be discerned unequivocally, especially if the author made corrections and additions in the same writing tool as the main text. In many cases, one of the few indications of a new revision campaign is a change of writing tools.

For instance, when a manuscript in black ink features some additions in red crayon, the new writing tool very often indicates a new writing campaign. The BDMP therefore offers an alternative by highlighting the different writing tools to facilitate the study of revision campaigns. A good example for such a study of revision campaigns is UoR MS This version was written with a typewriter and contains corrections in both black and red ink.

Similarly, immediate alterations currente calamo have been encoded with the 'type' attribute 'instant correction' in the deletion tag for details, see the brief technical documentation in the appendix. If users do not wish to see these deletions and additions, a 'top layer' visualisation may facilitate the reading. In this 'top layer' visualization, deleted passages are not displayed and additions are not distinguished as additions, resulting in a reading text of the final version of the draft:.

As the example indicates, the transcription does not standardize what is deciphered. Beckett may have intended the addition 'Toujours' to be incorporated in the sentence starting with 'Tout' implying that 'toujours' should start with a lower-case 't' , but if - as in this case - he wrote it with a capital 'T', the transcription endeavours to render the letters and punctuation as they are found in the manuscript.

In some cases the 'top layer' option may give a misleading impression. Because of this lack of any substitution, none will be visualized in the 'top layer' option. A comparison with the next version indicates that Beckett by means of the deleted addition without substitution silently reverted to the original word 'all'. In this case, the 'top layer' option will respect the unresolved nature of this moment of hesitation and the resulting lacuna in the sentence's syntax. A document may contain several versions of a work or of more than one work. Peter Shillingsburg has defined a version as 'one specific form of the work - the one the author intended at some particular moment in time' Shillingsburg , 44 , which may serve as a suitable working definition.

According to Siegfried Scheibe's definition, textual versions are 'achieved or unachieved elaborations of the text that diverge from one another.

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They are related through textual identity and distinct through variation' Scheibe , Theoretically this implies that one single authorial revision is enough to create a new version. For pragmatic reasons, however, the definition of version as employed in the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project is broader than a writing stage, i.

The main danger of a teleological perspective is the neglect of passages especially in the early manuscripts that did not make it into the base text see also chapter ' Base texts '. Nonetheless, there may be several versions of these passages, so that they should be comparable too. In textual criticism 'paralipomena' are usually defined as holograph material that does not belong to a version, but is somehow linked to it, thematically or otherwise Mathijsen , Since its Greek etymology means 'what is left out', paralipomena have often been left out of scholarly editions.

The BDMP includes them, since these loose jottings, ideas, false starts and potential alternatives are of special importance to the study of the composition process.