Samuel Beckett’s “Waiting for Godot, displays the consistent repetition of acts in the play that demonstrates just how unimportant time is, as it relates to Vladimir and Estragon. The fact that Estragon can not recount or is unsure of any of the events that take place, and Vladimir has to consistently jog his memory, adds to the notion of the non-importance of time.Their everyday activities, highlights the monotony, with slight variations, of what the characters deal with on a daily basis. This monotony helps to reveal the lack of meaning and insignificance of time.The characters are only able to make their wait bearable by, insulting one another, playing games, and indulging in meaningless conversations.
Beckett allows the readers to share in this monotony, and frustration that Vladimir and Estragon encounters. Vladimir notes,
“We wait. We are bored. No, don’t protest, we are bored to death, there’s no denying it. Good a diversion comes along and what do we do? We let it go to waste. Come let’s get to work! In an instant all will vanish and we’ll be alone once more, in the midst of nothingness!”
Both Vladimir and Estragon start to come to the realization that Godot is not coming, and all their waiting is in vain. Throughout the play, Beckett allows the audience to feed into the notion, that life itself, is all about waiting.
As the play moves along, the lack of extreme movement by the characters, Beckett accomplishes his goal, by the consistent stagnation. The existence of the characters seem pointless. Every time the characters reach the point of contemplating doing something, they revert, and do nothing. They are consumed by waiting for Godot, which adds volumes to the play, because this is the only thing that the characters commit too.
This play emphasizes that it is human nature to wait, and the meaninglessness of time is universal. This suggests that persons are always caught up during a period in their life, where time is meaningless, and waiting is the only outcome. With no lack of significant change, time has no meaning for Vladimir and Estragon. Beckett, by use of illogical silly conversations, somewhat helps to break away and capitalize on the meaningless of time.
The act of waiting for Godot, embodies a sense of hope, a means to help to pass the time. Vladimir and Estragon devises games to help the time pass by while they wait. They consistently try to keep themselves busy, to avoid the silence, and drown out the voices that emerges from the silence.
As time goes on, the arrival of Godot seems less likely.