13. “That’s the idea, let’s abuse each other” (85). Discuss the role of verbal,
mental, or physical violence and/or pain in Waiting for Godot.
VLADIMIR: What do we do now?
VLADIMIR: Yes, but while waiting.
ESTRAGON: What about hanging ourselves? (12)
Estragon: Pity we haven’t got a bit of rope. (35)
V: (in anguish) Say anything at all!
E: What do we do now?
V: Wait for Godot
(silence) ( 41)
V: Yes, now I remember, yesterday evening we spent blathering about nothing in
particular. That’s been going on now for half a century. (41)
Vladimir: And the kick.
Estragon: That’s right, someone gave me a kick.
Vladimir: It was Lucky gave it to you.
Estragon: And all that was yesterday? (pg 43)
Estragon: What am I to do?
Vladimir: Curse me!
Estragon: (after reflection) Naughty!
Estragon: Gonocuccus! Spirochete!
Vladimir: I interrupted you.
Estragon: On the contrary!
They glare at each other angrily.
Vladimir: Ceremonious ape!
Estragon: Punctilious pig!
Vladimir: Finish your phrase, I tell you! 2