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Use Of Time In Waiting For Godot And Mrs. Dalloway

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American writer, historian, and philosopher, Will Durant once said "So the story of man runs in a dreary circle, because he is not yet master of the earth that holds him." The earth or concept, rather, that holds man in a dreary cycle in this case is Time because it is an important concept. Time in literature is important to understand because it seems to play such a vital role of texts and helps the reader understand them better. Not only that, time can also be seen as an underlying theme that is significant because it questions and influences the structure of the story including the characters actions, dialogues, or story's plot, setting, etc. Samuel Beckett's "Waiting for Godot" and Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway” use time to show cylical patterns which influence many different aspects of charecters.
"Waiting for Godot" is a play written by Samuel Beckett, in which two characters by the names of Vladimir and Estragon anticipate and eagerly wait for the arrival of someone by the name of Godot. Time in "Waiting for Gordot" presents a lot of problems to Vladimir and Estragon whether its waiting for someone everyday, doing the same things, and going through the motions which shows that time is cyclical. From the title we are automatically given the central idea of the play of which it is centered around time, being waiting, ironically which is in the title of the play. Vladimir and Estragon throughout are seen to be wasting the whole days anticipating the wait of Gordot who eventually never shows up. “VLADIMIR: Hand in hand from the top of the Eiffel Tower, among the first. We were respectable in those days. Now it's too late. They wouldn't even let us up. (Estragon tears at his boot.)What are you doing? / ESTRAGON: Taking off my boot. Did that never happen to you? / VLADIMIR : Boots must be taken off every day, I'm tired telling you that.” (1.20-22) From this quote and conversation between Vladmir and estragon we are able to see a routine that these charecters do everyday, which later is seen to be a repeated action emphasizing that time is cyclical. Also we are shown that these actions are cyclical through the interactions the two exchange discussing what they should do if he were not to show that day, which would be to show up the next day and wait again. “VLADIMIR: He didn't say for sure he'd come / ESTRAGON: And if he doesn't...

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