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Waiting For Godot And World War Ii Essay

  • Submitted by: tanyalou3
  • on November 14, 2010
  • Category: English
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Waiting for Godot has been criticized for decades as boring and uneventful as well as a masterpiece and an enigma.   People often view it as a mystery; a play with a hidden but profound message.   Waiting for Godot has been paralleled with various wars, theological beliefs and existentialism.   While an argument can be presented for any and all of these interpretations, Waiting for Godot in its entirety opposes the ideals of the second World War.   However, while traditionally most people support one side or the other in war times, this play shows that Beckett not only had clear issues with the Nazis, but with the Jews as well.   While some may claim that this play offers a positive outlook on religion and faith, Beckett may very well be exemplifying a doubt in theology in the pages of Waiting for Godot.
    The most obvious comparison with World War II in Waiting for Godot can be seen through the relationship between the characters Pozzo and Lucky.   Pozzo, being a horrible tyrant that abuses his servant, resembles the image of Adolf Hitler.   He empowers himself through his language, using phrases such as, "I am Pozzo! Pozzo! Does that name mean nothing to you" (Waiting for Godot, Act 1)?   His arrogance causes him to be surprised that Vladimir and Estragon do not recognize his name, and he continues to refer to them as "of the same species as [him]! Made in God's image" (1)!   This provides an inclination that Pozzo likely sees himself as a powerful, God-like person, and he feeds this delusion by making his servant Lucky suffer under him.   Pozzo takes delight in remaining in control of the people around him and by maintaining his status.   When Vladimir and Estragon asks him a question, he replies with, "A question! Who? What? A moment ago you were calling me Sir, in fear and trembling" (1).   While he does not necessarily say this in an angry manner, he is clearly taken aback by this sudden reversal of control, however slight it may be.   Clearly, being a dictator,...

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