Waiting for God...ot A Theory on ~*religion*~

what is our theory?

Beckett is saying something by saying nothing. Nothing is certain.. nothing really has meaning... As Freddy Mercury once said, ¨Nothing really maaaatterrrrssssss...¨ The characters in this book are waiting for someONE who will never come- Godot. This seems oddly parallel to the idea of our good friend and lord and savior, God. Beckett is saying something about religion here; it cant function alone. God needs an audience. Vladimir and Estragon are in a sort of Hell- an endless cycle of waiting for an answer to a prayer they can't remember.

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Some advice for Vladimir and Estragon

Our support, baby

Estragon: What exactly did we ask him[Godot] for? Vladimir: Were you not there? Estragon: I can't have been listening. Vladimir: Oh... Nothing very definite. Estragon: A kind of prayer. Vladimir: Precisely. Estragon: A vague supplication. (1.202-8)

Like mentioned above, Vladimir and Estragon are looking for a "vague supplication", which doesn't sound like much of anything. They're confused, and this quote provides evidence for our theory that Beckett is saying religion, to some degree, is absurd. V & E asked God...ot for some help, and they can't seem to pinpoint what the help even was. Religion lacks certainty. The bible wasn't even written by God; It was written by man- and that is exactly why religion needs an audience. Christianity needs a Vladimir and Estragon.

connection to art: the mysteries of the horizon- rene magritte

Each man in this painting is facing a different direction.. meaning they each have a different perspective on the horizon. From the horizon, the moon rises and brings light into the image. I view the light as truth. These 3 men are looking to the horizon for an answer, though it won't be definite. This idea is much like that in waiting for Godot. Vladimir and Estragon look to Godot as some being of power and answers, and he never brings them a definite answer(or even shows up for that matter).

Our connection to something real, baby

Waiting for Godot explores the idea of Estragon and Vladimir waiting for something that will never come. Much like a minimum wage worker who dreams of a day when their hit single reaches number one on iTunes, Vladimir waits for something that will never come. In both these situations the person is not moving forward. The worker always pushes forward writing to the next day because of their busy schedule and Vladimir is never moving forward due to the little boy saying he will come tomorrow. There will always be something stopping us from reaching our goal.

Our Connection to Other Text

Estelle from No Exit
ESTELLE: When I can't see myself I begin to wonder if I really and truly exist... When I talked to people I always made sure there was one[mirror] near by in which I could see myself. I watched myself talking. And somehow it kept me alert, seeing myself as others saw me.[...] No, I can't do without a looking-glass for ever and ever. I simply can't. (214-5)

In No Exit, Estelle explains how she is nothing if there's no one acknowledging her presence. In Waiting for Godot, Pozzo tells Vladimir and Estrogon how he always needs an audience or else he would be nothing. In order for the characters to exist, they need someone to believe that they exist. This is the argument Beckett is making about God. He argues that God is nothing without his audience believing in him.


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