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University of Toronto St. George
Nick Mount

Waiting for Godot Lack of pretense allowed audience to readily relate to work Laughter/tears dissolve pretense, have that in common, leave us open Tragicomedy because doesn’t end badly (death) or well (marriage) Tragedy with upper class characters, harder fall Comedy with lower class Play about existence with two bums as main characters Tragedy supposed to be about plot/action Unity of action, time and place (max one day, same place, realistic plot) Godot about inaction, waiting for action to happen No dramatic irony, don’t know what comes next (for dramatic irony, audience needs to know what will happen) Beckett changed to writing in French, freed from English literary tradition Godot as God? Or like the lighthouse, can put own meaning into it Any belief system that promises an answer More important is that they are waiting Action helps us to ignore time, but when you are waiting you must confront time WWII in fabric of play Characters have to think for themselves/make own decision, Godot never shows up to give answers Don’t realize they can determine their own path, so just wait Humans not controlling time, just enduring it Searching for reas
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