Waiting for Godot - Samuel Beckett Amid all the foolishness of Waiting for Godot, the central theme of hope shines through

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"You're my only hope"( Becket 12a) This quote was said by Vladimmir, one of the main characters in Waiting for Godot, to Estragon. It is evident throughout the story that the central theme is hope. Vladimir and Estragon or Didi and Gogo, wait throughout the play for Godot, a character who never arrives. Through day and night with ambition and hope, withougt giving up they wait. Both show how one should never give up but keep hoping. Throughout their waiting they speak to one another of pointless things, which help them in passing time. It is evident to the reader that they are both extremely determine, by several incidents which occure in the play

The audience encounters a new character along the story, Pozzo. Vladimir and Estragon beign to have a conversation with him; during this time they both tell one another that they must go; leave. The reply to this is always "We are waiting for Godot".

Several times, they decide to leave, but one always remembers that they must wait. They raise hope in one another and when it dies out in Vladimir of estragon, the other is sure to mention what exactly their purpose is.

As the paly progresses several other incidents occur, which establish that hope is the central theme. On one occassion the audience can clearly see just how dependent Vladimir and Estragon are on one another because they give each other hope. "Then why do you always come crawling back?"Vladimir asks this question from Estragon, which he reply's with " I don't know".

Near the end, Estragon proposes the idea that they hang themselves, "why don't we hang ourselves", but they settle upon hangning themselves tomorrow, when Godot arrives. It is evident that both Estragon and Vladimir rely on each other for hope

Therefore this makes the central theme, hope. Neither Vladimir nor Estragon would be able to show hope to the reader, if it wasn't for the other. The theme, hope, surely shines through, because they are both so determine in waiting for Godot. Even after the boy had come to say Godot isn't coming today, they both still wait.

One might doubt why they wait without giving up, but the reader never gets an answer. Estragon and Vladimir decide upon hanging themselves if Godot does not come. This gives the read a certain sense of hope that he will come or else they will die.

Through this play, one could surely see how hope is important in one's life and in our lives. Without hope on ecould not exist and would havve nothing to live for. Therefore, it did pay off at the end for Estragon and Vladimir, by waiting for Godot they spared their lives and lived with the feelign of hope. Hope that he will come.