Why are we still waiting for Godot?

Tell him that you saw us… Didi pleads with the boy somewhere in the middle, a loaded line that gets reiterated towards the end in Waiting for Godot. I first saw the play some twenty years after it premiered in Paris and didn't understand it at all. Much later, I bought a paper-back copy of the work at W.H. Smith in Montreal, reading the play over and over again, still not understanding a bloody word. I was in my late twenties by then, and mightily pissed off with myself for not fathoming a famous piece of work, praised by critics the world over, inquiring timidly about its meaning among Irish friends, all literate theatre buffs, who spewed out near mystical explanations that also went over my head. Certainly the work is noble, tender, a Buster Keaton burlesque show, containing great lines like Thank you for your society, and something or other Gives us the feeling that we exist…which I now know to be a common French colloquialism.

Godot helps to give the two tramps in Waiting for Godot a sense of purpose.

Tell him that you saw us… not a lament therefore. It is not a rejection or even a charged sarcasm. It is a plea, a prayer, with a longing in it that makes everything else in the play doleful camouflage. Beckett might as well have called his work Pining for Godot, and it is the camouflage that was the source of my not understanding the work earlier. Tell him…. where Beckett through the boy implores God, some god, (who else, indeed, Sam?) to come, manifest and eventually explain Himself; and that is where it should have ended. Despite the actual last lines of the play, saying Where shall we go? Let's go…. literally and figuratively leading nowhere, suggesting we're lost. Because here, for someone like me, isn't nowhere and thus the need to go elsewhere not imperative, or by the lack of a specific direction or destination making me feel particularly lost. Besides, all this sitting around needlessly 'waiting' and 'hoping' contains an element of cruelty, for which someone like me has very little appetite.


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