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"Waiting For Godot" And "Siddhartha": The Message Of Friendship Is Conveyed In Subtle And Silent Ways Throughout Both Books.

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"Siddhartha" was written by Hermann Hesse in 1922. Siddhatha is the story of a young Brahmin's search for ultimate enlightenment after realizing that he is not happy as a Brahmin. His search takes him from a life of decadence to ascetism, from the joys of loving a beautiful girl to the struggles with his son and the wisdom of ultimate renunciation. "Waiting for Godot" is a tragicomedy in 2 acts which was written by Samuel Beckett. The book tells the story of 2 people Vladimir and Estragon who are dead and are waiting at the gates of heaven and hell for God to come down to them and make his final decision on whether they should go to heaven or hell. Vladimir and Estragon go through the everyday phase of friendship while waiting for any signs of god.Siddhartha is a loyal and devoted friend to Govinda. In the book Siddhartha; even though enlightenment is Siddhartha's primary goal and Govinda has nothing to do with it, Govinda accompanies Siddhartha on his journey to gain inner-peace. When Siddhartha goes to meet the samanas early in the morning and he leaves his house he finds Govinda waiting there for him ready to leave:"When in the first light of day, walking slowly on numb legs, he left the still silent town; a shadow crouching by the last hut stood up and joined the pilgrim: it was Govinda."You have come," said Siddhartha and smiled."I have come," said Govinda." (pg 11)Siddhartha carries on to the Samanas without questioning Govinda about his motives as if understanding him through an undying bond of love and friendship.The same can be said about Vladimir and Estragon. In Waiting for Godot; the play starts of by showing that Vladimir and Estragon are not very close to each other:"Vladimir: I'm glad to see you back. I thought you were gone forever.Estragon: Me too.Vladimir: Together again at last! We'll have to celebrate this. But how? Get up till I embrace you.Estragon: Not now. Not now."(pg 2)As quoted above it shows that Estragon and Vladimir started off on the wrong foot. As the play proceeds it is understood that Vladimir is the more mature and outgoing of the two. From the above quote it is demonstrated that it is Vladimir who takes the initiative in starting conversation with Estragon even though Estragon shows a bit of hostility and contempt for Vladimir. A very similar conversation takes place in the beginning of Act 2.In my opinion when Vladimir and Estragon meet every morning, their memories are somehow refreshed and the start anew because Vladimir again asks to embrace Estragon but Estragon refuses. Vladimir also asks him about who beat him up the night before which is a repitition of the start of Act 1:"Vladimir: You again! Come here till I embrace you.Estragon: Don't touch me!" (pg 63)Also they never seem to recognize the boy who comes to give them the message that Godot is not coming for them.Vladimir:I've seen you before, haven't I?Boy:I don't know sir.Vladimir:You don't know me?Boy:No sir.Vladimir: It wasn't you came...

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