Act I, Part-II Detailed Summary of Waiting for Godot: "Waiting for Godot" by Samuel Becket




Estragon has a dream wants to tell it to Vladimir but he won't listen to it. Estragon threatens to leave Vladimir and he responds that Estragon can't do this. Vladimir gets angry with Estragon and leaves the stage. The latter apologizes Vladimir and brings him back onstage. Estragon suddenly suggests: "Let's hang ourselves immediately!" Vladimir asks Estragon to hang himself first then he. Both argue and finally sit down once again.

They begin talking about Godot. Vladimir is not certain: "I'm curious to hear what he has to offer. Then we'll take it or leave it". And Estragon does not even remember "what exactly did we ask him for?" And finally they guess it was a kind of request to Godot and he probably said "that he'd see". So, the two tramps, Vladimir and Estragon, are waiting for Godot when they don't even remember anything about him. They continue waiting for Godot while eating turnips.

After passage of sometime, Estragon even forgets the name they are waiting for: "his name is Godot?"

Entry of Lucky and Pozzo:

Then enter Pozzo and Lucky. Pozzo drives Lucky by means of a rope passed round his neck. Lucky carries his luggage. Pozzo whips Lucky and he falls on the ground. They timidly ask if he were Godot. Pozzo asks them if they took him for Godot and they meekly agree. Then Pozzo sits down to eat and Lucky falls asleep. They inspect him well. There is a mark of rope on Lucky's neck. They pity him. Pozzo is throwing down the bones and Estragon wants the bones for eating. When they ask Pozzo why Lucky doesn't put down his burden he is holding, he suggests as if Lucky does this to impress his master, Pozzo.

They observe Pozzo's inhuman behaviour with Lucky. Pozzo tells them: "I am bringing him to the fair, where I hope to get a good price for him. The truth is you can't drive such creatures away. The best thing would be to kill them". Lucky begins to weep. Estragon goes over with the handkerchief to console Lucky but he kicks Estragon and gives the handkerchief back to Pozzo. At this Pozzo utters: The tears of the world are a constant quantity. For each one who begins to weep, somewhere else another stops".


Whe they ask Pozzo why Lucky does not put down his bags, the reply is very simple that he wishes to impress his boss. Pozzo tells them that Lucky is with him for 60 years. They both, Lucky and Pozzo, remove their hats and white hair of the former while bald head of the latter is quite an evidence of their age. They ask Pozzo why he wants to rid with such an old and faithful servant.

Pozzo offers a help of 10 francs but Vladimir refuses: "we are not beggars". But Estragon asks even 5 francs would suffice. Pozzo ignores them. They keep on talking and even amuse with the dance of Lucky. Later, Estragon tells Pozzo that his left lung is very weak.

A Life Without Meaning and Time:

Estragon is fed up with the life devoid of space and time: "Nothing happens, nobody comes, nobody goes, it's awful!" Pozzo asks Lucky to think who cannot think and what he utters is not understandable signifying the state of life Estragon, Lucky and Vladimir are passing. Then Pozzo thanks them for their company and moves out of the scene with Lucky. After their departure, Estragon tells them that "very likely. They all change. Only we can't".

Message of Hope From Godot:


The boy enters and asks for Mr. Albert. Vladimir responds in affirmation. Vladimir and Estragon as the boy if he has brought some message from Mr Godot and the boy says "yes sir". Vladimir threatens the boy for being so late. The boy tells them that he was afraid of the other two fellows and the whip. The boy delivers the message: "Mr. Godot told me to tell you he won't come this evening but surely tomorrow". They question the boy over his life and then the boy disappears quietly.

Though there is disappointment yet there is still hope that Godot will come tomorrow: "Ah Gogo, don't go on like that. Tomorrow everything will be better." Estragon and Vladimir stand up to go. They talk about leaving and brining a piece of rope to hang them if Godot does not come. But they don't move. Soon it is day time. The two tramps are still sitting there having nothing to do.




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