Samuel Becket is famous for the play “Waiting for Godot,” which a critic once noted “achieved a theoretical impossibility—”a play in which nothing happens.” (Vivian Mercier, Irish Times, 18 Feb 1956). The play follows two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, who are waiting for Godot, but he never arrives.
It is hard to tell what Beckett’s intentions were and the play is remarkably open to all sorts of interpretations. However, it seems that Beckett (who was well versed in scripture) was commenting on the seeming absence of God. Godot is a French diminutive term obviously in reference to God—and Becket may well be implying how pathetic a thing it is to be waiting for this character who should save the day, (more…)