Waiting for Godot
StageThe stage is stylized, with the only presence of a country road and a bare tree.
Meaningless of language and gestures
Estragon and Vladimir always eat carrots and turnips. They go on talking no sense and doing senseless gestures.
They always repeat two sentences:
- Nothing to be done ( life is meaningless);
- Shall we move? Yes, let’s go! (then there is a stage direction: they don’t move)
- Vladimir always takes off his bowl hat, look inside it in searching of something that he won’t find
- Estragon always take off his boot.
Every day is the same so there isn’t something to remember.
The couplesVladimir is the intellectual, the thinker while Estragon is more materialistic. Their relationship represent love, friendship, the relationship between father and son: they quarrel but they need each other to go on.
While they are waiting another couple arrives: Pozzo and Lucky. They represent the relationship of mankind of master-slave, fear, hate. Pozzo is represented with a whip, a pipe and a watch (symbols of power) and he’s pulling a rope around Lucky’s neck.
Pozzo threatens Lucky to send him to the market.
II actIn the second act the stage is quite changed: the tree is no more bare, it has three or four leaves that can represent:
- Little hopes;
- Passing of time;
- Nature changes but no man’s condition.
The relationship between Pozzo and Lucky is changed: Pozzo now is the slave. Lucky is dub, because in the first act has spoken no-sense of his vision of life and Pozzo is blind because always before he had got a distorted vision of life. If something changes is always in worth.