The Weight Of Waiting: Waiting For Godot

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The Weight of the Wait ESTRAGON: [Chews, swallows.] I’m asking you if we’re tied. VLADIMIR: Tied? ESTRAGON: Ti-ed. VLADIMIR: How do you mean, tied? ESTRAGON: Down. VLADIMIR: But to whom. By whom? ESTRAGON: To your man. VLADIMIR: To Godot? Tied to Godot? What an idea! No question of it. [Pause.] For the moment. ESTRAGON: His name is Godot? - Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot St’ Augustine, once remarked, “I know well enough what time is as long as nobody asks me what it is”. Nobody, we say proverbially, likes to wait. However, it is in the act of waiting that one can understand the passage of time in its purest. The concept of waiting is so deeply experiential, that one has to go through the psyche’s experience of the self. My work is to understand this inescapability of pure waiting which is not only limited to the arrival of the awaited. Waiting as a manifestation of existential reality… as something which is lived beyond time. As we meander in and through waiting, we find ourselves traversing the lines between hope and resignation, boredom and desire; the absurd and the meaningful; the futile and the fulfilling. To my knowledge, before Waiting for Godot, by Samuel Beckett, there has never been a play on waiting. But making this claim is also too much, as the play is not really about anything, not strictly speaking about waiting, certainly not about Godot. Rather, the play enacts, performs, requires waiting (Schweizer, 2005). They just wait. Nothing is left but time. They
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