Christianity in Waiting for Godot Essay

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Irish-born French author Samuel Beckett was well known for his use of literary devices such as black comedy in his various literary works. Written during late 1948 and early 1949 and premiered as a play in 1953 as En attendant Godot, Beckett coupled these devices with minimalism and absurdity in order to create the tragicomedy known to English speakers as Waiting for Godot. True to its title, Waiting for Godot is the tale of a pair of best friends known as Vladimir (Didi) and Estragon (Gogo) who are waiting for the character the audience comes to know as Godot to appear. Throughout Beckett’s play Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett alludes to the monotheistic religion of Christianity through symbols, dialogue, and characters to reveal the …show more content…
Upon finding a branch on the tree, the two attempt to hang themselves but decide instead to hang themselves the next day, “’unless Godot comes’/ ’Estragon: And if he comes?’/ Vladimir: ‘We’ll be saved’” (Beckett 60). Once again, they are unsure of the arrival of Godot, as a Christian is unsure of the arrival of God’s salvation. While the idea of Godot arriving and God’s salvation are very similar, God’s salvation has been promised with the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Throughout the duration of the play, Godot’s arrival is never promised although it is heavily mentioned. Godot is never seen during the play, also similar to the deity of God. He is only mentioned frequently, having omnipresence in the lives of the main characters. Due to this presence, Vladimir and Estragon remain under a tree that Godot requested them to wait under, although nothing is physically chaining them to the area. The idea of “free will” is a concept discussed heavily in the Holy Bible. While waiting for Godot, Vladimir tells Estragon “Yes, let’s go” but a stage direction is inserting stating that “they do not move”. This once again signifies the presence of God in the lives of the characters (Beckett 35). Vladimir and Estragon seem to be in control of themselves, but on the contrary, Godot controls the pair. Beckett continues to allude to Christianity with the summary of the crucifixion of the

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