The Belief In A Savior In Waiting For Godot, By Samuel Beckett

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Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett entails more than one moral or lesson within the story. I feel that the moral of the story is up to the perception of the reader, however. It has been discussed that there is no relationship between God and waiting for salvation. However, in my opinion, I think that Estragon and Vladimir were waiting for God to “show up” for them and were unable to receive any salvation. This ties into the idea of struggling and striving for a better life while looking for some sort of higher power. Estragon and Vladimir both struggle throughout the play and both find it hard to maintain a level of happiness between them while constantly looking and waiting for Godot.
The entire setting of the play is very dismal, and lonely for most of the piece. It appears as though the tree is purposely bare to illustrate a sense of Vladimir and Estragon being on their own. I think that this plays into the idea that they are waiting for a God to come around and “show up” for them, which ends up not happening. Beckett may have been trying to illustrate his own opinion about whether or not a God even exists. Through the set and story altogether, it appears as though Beckett is trying to show the audience that God des not appear to save Vladimir and Estragon from their struggles. This can be compared to individuals praying for the help of God in their everyday lives. However, if you do not believe in God, then no one is going to supernaturally make your struggles and problems disappear. Vladimir and Estragon waited for the entire play, even asking others if they had seen Godot, with very nostalgic responses. They soon realize that their struggle is much harder than they originally anticipated, and run into a stand still.
In the beginning of the play, the tone is set when Estragon is seen struggling with taking his boot off and continues to have a hard time until he gives up. Estragon takes a break and tries again, but fails and says to himself, “Nothing to be done” (Act 1, Pg. 2). Vladimir enters saying, “I'm beginning to come round to that opinion. All my life I've tried to put it from me, saying Vladimir, be reasonable, you haven't yet tried everything. And I resumed the struggle” (Act 1, Pg. 2). From the very beginning of the play, it seems as though Estragon is already one to give up on things easily. Struggling is not something that suits him well, whereas Vladimir is more positive and explains this in his statement. Vladimir’s statement to Estragon is simply saying “How could you give up, when you have not exhausted every option yet?” I feel that Estragon started the play with a very somber tone, which lightens slightly and goes back to a sad monotone feeling throughout. The idea in this is that there is a struggle put on the two of them from the beginning, and it illustrates a dismal and eerie feeling as to what will happen later in the play.
Within the aspect of foreshadowing, there are many times when the...

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