Waiting for Godot

«Mr. Godot told me to tell you he won't come this evening but surely tomorrow.»
Waiting for Godot (1952) is play, consisting of 2 acts. It's premier was Paris. It was written in 1949, first published in French under the title En attendant godot and translated by Samuel Beckett himself into English, and published it in 1954

The paly is mostly about vain, emptyness, having no point in life.

Vladimir: That passed the time.
Estragon: It would have passed in any case.
Vladimir: Yes, but not so rapidly.

"We all are born mad. Some remain so." (qute from Waiting for Godot)
The main charachters wait for man named godot, who do not arrive. In second act they still wait, and still does not arrive.

Estragon: Let's go.
Vladimir: We can't.
Estragon: Why not?
Vladimir: We're waiting for Godot.
Estragon: (despairingly). Ah!

The main characters have nothing to do, and are somewhat tired of life without purpose

Estragon: What about hanging ourselves?
Vladimir: Hmm. It'd give us an erection.
Estragon: (highly excited). An erection!
Vladimir: With all that follows. Where it falls mandrakes grow. That's why they shriek when you pull them up. Did you not know that?
Estragon: Let's hang ourselves immediately!

In both acts mr. Pozzo with his slave(?) Lucky pass the road Estragon and Vladimir are sitting by.
Lucky is an interesting person, although very tired. And he can think only with his hat on his head.

Samuel Beckett

Samuel Beckett was an Irish novelist and playwright. He could be a postmodernist or an Absurd Theatre artist, like Eugéne Ionesco.

Samuel Beckett was born in Dublin, He teached in Belfast but later moved to France and teached English in the the École Normale Supérieure in Paris. There he met mr. James Joyce.

The end

The end of first act (to avoid spoilers I will not reveal the end of second act to you ;) ) summarizes the whole play:

Estragon: Well, shall we go?
Vladimir: Yes, let's go.
They do not move.

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