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Unformatted text preview: Waiting for Godot – By Samuel Beckett – Response Paper The passage I’m explicating is from the beginning of the first act where Vladimir and Estragon are discussing hanging themselves on the dead tree (12). The purpose of this passage is to emphasize how the two main characters are trapped in their routine without any escape, not even death. The reader is unaware of exactly how many evenings Vladimir and Estragon have waited for Godot, but it seems that it is not the first or second time. They don’t know what day of the week it is nor are they aware of the exact time. When they come together, they vaguely exchange the events of their day without details and then just wait on the mound by the tree. Vladimir asks, “What do we do now?” And Estragon simply replies, “Wait.” The tragic aspects of the play are clear in this perpetual question because the two never have anything else to do other than wait for the stranger. It is repeated throughout the play and it is used here to begin their discussion of hanging themselves from the tree as a way to use...
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