This essay Waiting has a total of 653 words and 3 pages.
Life is occupied by waiting. In Waiting for Godot, Samuel Becket presents the suffering of the human condition. Godot is about two beings who talk about nothing, experience the drudgery of life, complain that they do not do anything, meet a few people, think about hanging themselves, and then do it all over again. The existentialist style by Godot is comparable to T.S. Eliot’s works. Eliot’s Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, and Hollow Men are about the tormenting cycle of life and death. The connection among these three works is that people want to and should do so much, but they do not.
Waiting for Godot takes place in a rural area, with just a tree in the background. The two friends Vladimir and Estragon talk aimlessly and complain about life. They consider hanging themselves, but realize before they do that they should consult with Godot. Who or what Godot symbolizes remains a mystery, but their whole existence seems to be to wait for Godot. They meet a couple of fellows: Pozzo, an upper-class man, mistaken by Vladimir and Estragon as Godot, and Pozzo’s slave, Lucky. After they leave, a messenger from Godot arrives and states simply that Godot will arrive tomorrow, same place, same time. They consider leaving, but do not. The second act is almost an exact repeat of the first, but Lucky and Pozzo have fallen upon hard times. Pozzo has become blind and pathetic, and Lucky has become dumb. This change in events is a direct point of life being terrific one moment, and worthless the next. Godot never shows up. The play ends with the two considering to go somewhere, but they do not.
The similarity of this play to Eliot’s poem is remarkable. Eliot’s Love Song is in the first person point of view, and this person refers to “you,” who is probably a woman. It is about a man who want to do so much - be with pretty woman, make something of his life. His flaws are many, though. He realizes he is getting balder and more wrinkled. His prowess with women is deteriorating and this disturbs him. Life is going away and he is no Prince Hamlet. So he does nothing, and that is the major flaw. He just lets life suck everything from him and take away everything he could have done. Like in Godot, there is so much that can be done, but an excuse is always found. Vladimir and Estragon have to wait for Godot. Prufrock is too old, too good for nothing, so it is safer to just do nothing. This aspect of the human condition of just going through the motions is the easy way out, and both Beckett and Eliot want to illustrate that if one does not live life to it’s fullest, maybe one should not even live at all.
In Hollow Men, Eliot maintains that life is hollow, and death is inevitable. The cycle from birth to death is just a natural process that does not matter and does not make a difference in the large scheme of things. Hollow Men says life is just a wait for the final destruction in which there is an endless succession of births and deaths. This infinite sequence means nothing, since man will not find what he seeks. He is blind physically and spiritual, and salvation is unattainable. Comparably to Godot, the sequence of waiting is the theme. This eternal waiting is what makes the human condition so deplorable and they also attest that existence is nonexistence.
The finality of life and the futility of it all is the tenor in Godot and T.S. Eliot’s work. Both deal with the frivolity of life, and the moral “being is suffering.” The message that appears from them is to do something with life, otherwise it will end up how it started - nothingness.
Topics Related to Waiting
Theatre of the Absurd, Waiting for Godot, Estragon, Vladimir, Pozzo, Lucky, Samuel Beckett, T. S. Eliot, Existentialism, The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock, Godot, Minoru Betsuyaku
Essays Related to Waiting
ExistentialismExistentialism Existentialism is a concept that became popular during the second World War in France, and just after it. French playrights have often used the stage to express their views, and these views came to surface even during a Nazi occupation. Bernard Shaw got his play Saint Joan past the German censors because it appeared to be very Anti-British. French audiences however immediately understood the real meaning of the play, and replaced the British with the Germans. Those sorts of hid
Child Rearing in Victorian TimesChild Rearing in Victorian Times Andrea Orasi Mrs. Rocca Childhood barely existed for most British children at the end of the eighteenth century, since they began a lifetime of hard labour as soon as they were capable of simple tasks. By contrast, the fortunate children of the wealthy generally were spoiled and enjoyed special provisions for the need of a lengthy childhood, yet who in a way may have endured the same pain of those who were not as fortunate. Child rearing in the Victorian times wa
Epic TheatresEpic Theatres Epic Theatre turns the spectator into an observer, but arouses his capacity for action, forces him to take decisions...the spectator stands outside, studies. (Bertolt Brecht. Brecht on Theatre. New York:Hill & Yang, 1964. p37) The concept of “epic theatre” was brought to life by German playwright, Bertolt Brecht. This direction of theatre was inspired by Brecht\'s Marxist political beliefs. It was somewhat of a political platform for his ideologies. Epic theatre is the assimilati
Child Rearing in the Victorian EraChild Rearing in the Victorian Era Childhood barely existed for most British children at the end of the eighteenth century, since they began a lifetime of hard labour as soon as they were capable of simple tasks. By contrast, the fortunate children of the wealthy generally were spoiled and enjoyed special provisions for the need of a lengthy childhood, yet who in a way may have endured the same pain of those who were not as fortunate. Child rearing in the Victorian times was not at all similar t
Epic Theatre The Caucasian Chalk CircleEpic Theatre The Caucasian Chalk Circle “Epic Theatre turns the spectator into an observer, but arouses his capacity for action, forces him to take decisions...the spectator stands outside, studies.” (Bertolt Brecht. Brecht on Theatre. New York:Hill & Yang, 1964. p37) The concept of “epic theatre” was brought to life by German playwright, Bertolt Brecht. This direction of theatre was inspired by Brecht’s Marxist political beliefs. It was somewhat of a political platform for his ideologies. Epic
Eugene Ionesco et le Theatre de l'AbsurdeEugene Ionesco et le Theatre de l\'Absurde Eugene Ionesco est ne le 26 novembre, 1912 a Slatina en Roumanie. Il eteit elu a l’Academie Francaise in 1970. Apres qu’il avait obtenu son diplome et sondoctorat, il a travaille a Paris comme correcteur, et bientot, il a commence a ecrire. Comme ecrivain, Ionesco inspirait une grande revolution dramatique. Il a aide a inaugurer le Theatre de l’Absurde. En 1949, il a ecrit La Cantatrice Chauve. La piece etait basee sur des idees antilogiques. Ses deux p
Art NotesArt Notes Renaissance (1300-1500) § Dimensions of nature § Rebirth § Science - technology § Discoveries beyond Europe § Paint more naturally- using perspective /_ (triangle) § Illusion of space § Art was based on the visual world § Art was based on mathematical physics § Earth was no longer thought to be the centre of the Universe § Metallurgy and exploration of the world § Camera Obscura- image upside-down through light and an aid to painting § Mathematical theories can explain all human experi
Bat Boy: The MusicalBat Boy: The Musical Intro to Theatre TH102 Reaction Paper #1 11/04/03 The play Bat Boy: The Musical is the product of an historic alliance between the Weekly World News and three authors from Los Angeles. This wonderful production combines the journalism of the Weekly World News with the power of song. It’s a creative theatrical production based on the alleged sightings of a mysterious “bat child”, half-boy and half-bat, reported by tabloid newspapers. The protagonist of the production is the B
Biographical PrefaceBiographical Preface English 12 4 April 1997 On July third of nineteen thirty seven, in Zlin, Czechoslovakia, a boy was born by the name of Tomas Straussler. Tomas was born onto Eugene Straussler and Martha Stoppard. Later in his life Tomas took his mother’s last name and shortened his first name to Tom. His father was a physician. When his father was killed by the Nazis the rest of the family fled to the far East. Tom went to school in Darjeeling, India. There his mother met a British officer w
Hamlet and Rosencratz and Guildenstern essayHamlet and Rosencratz and Guildenstern essay In class, we have studied both “Hamlet” and “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead” (Ros and Guil) and through this time my understanding of both these texts have been transformed and reshaped in a number of ways. I have realised that each text, whether old or new, can be told and interpreted in a different way, and, in turn, be presented to an audience in a totally different way to which it was first intended by its original author. This is seen in t
Lilliputian and English Court LifeLilliputian and English Court Life EN4723 There are different views about the nature of English court life during the early eighteenth century. Some embrace the pomp and show of court life with open arms, and others see the court and its customs as an ostentatious, unnecessary display of wealth and arrogance. Swift’s allegory in part 1 of Gulliver’s Travels draws a comparison between George I’s court during the years preceding the publication of the book and the Lilliputian court. It serves as a
Orson WellesOrson Welles George Orson Welles, known more commonly as Orson Welles was a director, producer, writer, and actor. Mr. Welles was born on May 6, 1915, in Kenosha, Wisconsin. His father was an inventor and manufacturer and his mother a talented pianist. Welles was regarded as an absolute genius from early childhood and his creative abilities were encouraged and nurtured. His early childhood was to a large extent, directed by his mother\'s physician and admirer, Dr. Maurice Bernstein. (Russell 9)
An Inspector Calls. An Inspector Calls. Context. J.B.Priestly - John Boyton Priestly, born in Yorkshire in 1984. Always wanted to become a writer, worked in a wool factory before joining the infantry when the First World War broke out. He narrowly escaped death several times. After the war he started to write, his writing was both ground-breaking and very controversial. He often wrote about possible parallel universes and had strong political messages. In the second world war he ran a popular radio station, which