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Elesja Imoore
Elesja Imoore

Waiting For Godot


Waiting For Godot

Two men, Vladimir and Estragon, meet near a tree. They converse on various topics and reveal that they are waiting there for a man named Godot. While they wait, 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. Lucky entertains them by dancing and thinking, and Pozzo and Lucky leave.

In the famous play by Samuel Beckett, Vladimir and Estragon, the two main characters sit in a field waiting for Godot to show up. They keep each other's company as they spend days on end waiting for the arrival of this mysterious character to resolve their problems. They converse, not to find solutions to their problems, but to mute the agony inhabiting the silence that would otherwise befall them. The play comes to an end with Vladimir and Estragon waiting for Godot, not moving, not giving up, and not one step closer to finding a solution to their problems. By waiting for him, they succeed only in wasting precious time that could have been better utilized for finding a solution to their problems. He never shows up. They essentially waited for hope, and hope never came.

With ranks divided, armies defeated, and cities flattened, can we keep waiting for the Arabs Syria and Iraq, two countries that are of strategic importance in the MENA region, are in the midst of war and sectarian violence. Egypt, traditionally one of the most influential countries in the Middle East, hasn't been viewed as a supporter of the Palestinian struggle for many decades, starting with the signing of the peace accord with Israel in 1979 and ending with the imposed blockade on Gaza from the Egyptian side.

In the play, the two main characters wait for Godot while they fill their time with pointless chatter because waiting offered a chance of escapism. It was easier to wait for Godot than to take matters into their own hands. The Palestinians need to stop waiting. Haven't we realized that our real savior can only come from within It can only happen with unity and a shared vision for a Palestinian future that includes the diaspora, and the refugees.

My aim is not to overlook or undermine what the Palestinians have achieved this far. Not at all, but I cannot help but think that we were, and we still are waiting for Godot. We waste precious time while settlements engulf the remaining parts of historic Palestine, while Gaza becomes more unlivable by the day, while our human development plummets and the world along with our neighbors would rather sweep us and our problems under the rug. We cannot externalize our salvation. We cannot wait for the world to react. We cannot keep relying on support that we cannot guarantee. My only hope is that the final act in this conflict will not come as we wait for a promise that will never materialize.

It consists of two acts of uneven lengths in which Vladimir and Estragon spend time conversing and alternating between hope and despair while waiting for Godot to keep an appointment with them. Pozzo and his slave, Lucky, appear in each act. Pozzo is blind in the second act. A young boy arrives in each to inform Didi and Gogo that Godot will not arrive today, but will tomorrow. A bare tree in act one sprouts leaves in act two, suggesting perhaps the passage of time. The play suggests that something important is to come to life but never does.

Some interpret the play as a commentary on the human condition, with the characters waiting for Godot symbolizing the search for meaning and purpose in a meaningless world. Others see it as a critique of religion, with Godot representing an absent or uninvolved deity.

The play opens in a country road. Two men, Vladimir and Estragon, meet there by a leafless tree. Their conversation reveals that they are both waiting for the same person to arrive. His name is Godot and neither of them is sure if they have met him before or if he would indeed ever arrive. Vladimir and Estragon aren't aware of


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