Religious Lens

1.

Example:

“VLADIMIR

Did you ever read the Bible?

ESTRAGON

The Bible . . . (He reflects.) I must have taken a look at it.

VLADIMIR

Do you remember the Gospels?

ESTRAGON

I remember the maps of the Holy Land. Coloured they were. Very pretty. The Dead Sea was pale blue. The very look of it made me thirsty. That's where we'll go, I used to say, that's where we'll go for our honeymoon. We'll swim. We'll be happy.”

How it Represents the Lens: The image Estragon is presenting increases the depressing life he’s living now

Why we chose it: It talks about the Bible.

2.

Example:

“VLADIMIR

Our Saviour. Two thieves. One is supposed to have been saved and the other . . . (he searches for the contrary of saved) . . . damned.

ESTRAGON

Saved from what?

VLADIMIR

Hell. “

How it Represents the Lens: Vladimir is referring to himself and Estragon as the two thieves wanting to be saved.

Why we chose it: It mentions being saved and condemned to Hell. It also refers to the three wooden crosses.

3.

Example:

“ESTRAGON

What's all this about? Abused who?

VLADIMIR

The Saviour.

ESTRAGON

Why?

VLADIMIR

Because he wouldn't save them.

ESTRAGON

From hell?

VLADIMIR

Imbecile! From death.

ESTRAGON

I thought you said hell.

VLADIMIR

From death, from death.”

How it Represents the Lens: It mentions being saved, and The Savior.

Why we chose it: It talks about the Savior and not being saved from hell.

4.

Example:

VLADIMIR

(to Lucky) How dare you! It's abominable! Such a good master! Crucify him like that! After so many years! Really!

How it Represents the Lens: Vladimir makes a connection between Pozzo and Christ. He says that Lucky has crucified Pozzo. Maybe not literally but in a figurative sense.

Why we chose it: We chose it because it mentions being crucified.

5.

Example:

“ESTRAGON

What exactly did we ask him [Godot] for?

VLADIMIR

Were you not there?

ESTRAGON

I can't have been listening.

VLADIMIR

Oh . . . Nothing very definite.

ESTRAGON

A kind of prayer.

VLADIMIR

Precisely.

ESTRAGON

A vague supplication.”

How it Represents the Lens: Estragon says that they have prayed to Godot, but they don’t know what they prayed for. This mocks religion because of their uncertainty.

Why we chose it: They talk about praying to Godot (God).

6.

Example:

“POZZO

(halting) You are human beings none the less. (He puts on his glasses.) As far as one can see. (He takes off his glasses.) Of the same species as myself. (He bursts into an enormous laugh.) Of the same species as Pozzo! Made in God's image!”

How it Represents the Lens: Pozzo is saying that he is made in God’s image. Seems as if he considers himself as a god instead of a human.

Why we chose it: It talks about being made in God’s image.

7.

Example:

“VLADIMIR

But you can't go barefoot!

ESTRAGON

Christ did.

VLADIMIR

Christ! What has Christ got to do with it. You're not going to compare yourself to Christ!

ESTRAGON

All my life I've compared myself to him”

How it Represents the Lens: It compares the suffering they’re experiencing to the suffering of Christ.

Why we chose it: It talks about going barefoot like Christ did.

8.

Example:

“VLADIMIR

(softly) Has he a beard, Mr. Godot?

BOY

Yes Sir.

VLADIMIR

Fair or . . . (he hesitates) . . . or black?

BOY

I think it's white, Sir.

Silence.

VLADIMIR

Christ have mercy on us!”

How it Represents the Lens: Vladimir realizes that Godot is God, and he fears meeting with him even more now.

Why we chose it: It describes Godot’s beard, and it makes Vladimir fear God.

9.

Example:

“ESTRAGON

And if we dropped [Godot]? (Pause.) If we dropped him?

VLADIMIR

He'd punish us.”

How it Represents the Lens: Vladimir is uncertain about every detail about Godot, but he fears him which shows Godot’s power.

Why we chose it: It talks about Estragon and Vladimir questioning whether to believe in Godot or not. They choose to believe because they fear being punished.

10.

Example:

“VLADIMIR

(He looks again at Estragon.) At me too someone is looking, of me too someone is saying, He is sleeping, he knows nothing, let him sleep on.”

How it Represents the Lens: It refers to someone else (Godot) watching over them while they sleep.

Why we chose it: Talks about Godot watching over them.



Overall Meaning:

To us the overall meaning of Waiting for Godot is that time spent not focused on God is time wasted.






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