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Unformatted text preview: Waiting for Godot Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot Study Questions; Spring 2008 Answer one question for each of the four groups in each of the two Acts (so a total of eight). General questions to consider in the piay: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. What does the over aii aspect of “waiting” suggest in its various pariicular instances of mention? Who is Godot and what appears to be his relationship to the characters in general? How do the four characters each seem to represent a particular kind of human response to the world? How would you apply Henri Bergson’s ideas about two kind of time to the characters of Estrogen and Vladimir? What are eiemenis of humanity presented to us in the primary relationship of Estrogen and Vladimir? ' ' , As: 9‘91? 11. 12. 13. '14. The question of redemption comes up early in the play, the question of whether any of us will be saved or not, and what it means that Sage and Bidi do not know one way or the other. What specific aspects of. this question and its importance can you find in the opening portions of the play? What might be significant (and symbolic) about the tree and the hanging discussion, and the sexual motif? What does the repeated comment “We’re not tied" suggest in the context of their discussion and how does it relate to the ideasdiscussed by the twa at this point in the play? Who does Pozzo appear to be? - How would you characterized the relationship between Pozzo and Lucky? Gogo’s and Didi’s reactions to Pozzo's treatment of Lucky play out in various combinations and changing attitudes. What do these various suggestions made by Pozzo about Lucky and his freedom suggest about the human condition? Vladimir and Estragon often will speak identical lines, but they aiso are distinguishable characters in their own rights. How would you characterise each by the nature of their comments? I ' How do elements of time—waiting, wanting the night to come, keeping busy by talking, etc-v- ~~suggest the dilemma of these characters (and perhaps our human dilemma)? . , Why does Pozzo stay with Cage and Didi, and what does he seem to want? . What elements in Lucky’s "thinking" tirade can you determine as suggestions of its possible significance? . The question of time returns as a motif in the moments before Pozzo’s departure, which he has trouble accomplishing. What might be suggested by this? When Pozzo and Lucky depart, there seems to be some question of whether or not this was the first time Gogo andflidi had seen them. What does this confusion suggest about the nature of repetition in the human condition? The boy who comes to tell them Godot will not be there this evening returns at the end of the piay (in the French edition both boys are the same). What does this dialogue with the boy seem to suggest? What might sane symbolism; of Gogo’s boots? Weiiingflr Godot Act II 16. 17. is. 19. ' 20. 21. 22. 23. 24, 25', 26, 27. 28. 29. 30. ' 31. 32. 33. 34‘ 35 Take note of the changes at the opening of the second Act, anti try to see how the two Acts work as minor images of each other - What might be the significance of Estragon’ s difficult night? What' IS the relationship betWeen the two as suggested by these opening concerns of Vladimir for Estrogen? ' What' is the significance of memory here? Why might Gogo not remember his past or is this really somewhere else? They begin a'game of ”contradictions” in order to pass the time; Why pass the time? And what do their efforts to entertain fliemselves suggest about their condition? What ideas about "thought" and "memory" come oat of their verbal ylay? What might be the significance of the (new) boots for Estregon? Why does Vladimir want to "play” at being Pozzo and Lucky, and how do they interpxet those chaiacters’ attitudes? . What does the game 0 “abuse” suggest in the passage of time while waiting? How have the changes that have attected Fozzo and Lucky suggest ironies in the human condition? How do Gogo and Didi new treat the two others, and what does it suggest? What does the “fallen’ ’con'djtiOn of Pozzo suggest, and what' 15 significant about Wadimji’s way of dealing with his call for “help”? What does calling Pozzo various names suggest aboat human identity? What is symbolic about the four characters now fallen? What is the connection between Pozzo’s blindness and the questions about time? What do the changes to Pozzo and Lucky (blind and dumb) suggest? Why won’t Didi hear Gogo's dreams? What does this suggest about their differences? How are Wadimir’s comments on life (page 1926) where he repeats PozaO’s line about "astride a grave and a difficult birth” central to the play? When the boy returns at the end of the second. Act, what-{lo we learn from their conversation? Why does the question of hanging themselves come up again at the end? What does it signify that they talking of going but never go? ...
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