Sunday, 1 May 2016
WAITING FOR GODOT BY SAMUEL BECKETT
Why he doesn't make himself comfortable? Let's try and get this clear. Has he not the right to? Certainly he has. It follows that he doesn't want to. There's reasoning for you.
Why he doesn't make .......... reasoning for you.
(i) Drama: Waiting for Godot
(ii) Dramatist: Samuel Beckett
(i) Occurrence: Act I
(ii) Content: Two men, Vladimir and Estragon, meet near a tree. They wait there for a man named Godot. Two other men enter; Pozzo is on his way to the market to sell his slave, Lucky. He pauses for a while to converse with Vladimir and Estragon. After Pozzo and Lucky leave, a boy, a messenger form Godot, enters and tells Vladimir that Godot will not come tonight. Vladimir and Estragon decide to leave. The next night, Vladimir and Estragon again meet near the tree to wait for Godot. Lucky and Pozzo enter again, but this time Pozzo is blind and Lucky is dumb. They leave and Vladimir and Estragon continue to wait. The boy enters and once again tells Vladimir that Godot will not come. Estragon and Vladimir decide to leave.
This is arguably the most explicit statement of classic existentialist reasoning in the play. There is no such thing as slavery or confinement, Pozzo argues here, since every action one performs is a matter of choice. Lucky is Pozzo's dutiful assistant who, unlike a slave, internalizes his own oppression. By means of a rope tied around his neck, Lucky obediently pulls Pozzo along a road to nowhere. He responds to Pozzo's every condescending, monosyllabic command and unfailingly holds his bags even when they are at a standstill. They encounter the bystanders Estragon and Vladimir who are waiting in vain for a man named Godot. They wish to know why Lucky does not put down Pozzo's bags to make himself more comfortable. Pozzo unequivocally explains that Lucky has not put the bags down because he has not chosen to do so. It is not because he is not allowed to do so. He has the right to put down the bags to make himself comfortable. However, it is his own choice that he does not want to do so.