“Waiting for Godot” occupies a prominent place in the annals of English literature for highlighting the basic truths of human beings belonging to any age or religion. The play can be interpreted by various ways. It is a play in which fact and fancy, illusion and reality are mingled together. In “Waiting for Godot” man’s sufferings, whether physical or metaphysical, are shown in such a way that we feel them as our own suffering. The play is a mirror of our age because it shows the inner hollowness, helplessness and meaninglessness of modern man’s life.
The theme of the play has a universal appeal. The tramps represent all humanity. Their sufferings are the sufferings of all human beings; no matter in which country they live in or what religious beliefs they have. They reflect modern man’s loneliness, absurdity, forgetfulness, illusions, waiting condition, deferred hope, physical suffering, mental anguish, death wish and isolation.
The main subject of the play is waiting and the act of waiting is an essential aspect of the human condition.
“We’re waiting for Godot”
Lucky and Pozzo represent master slave relationship through centuries. The pathetic and miserable condition of Lucky represents the exploited class of all ages and Pozzo the exploiter. Pozzo is a capitalist of our times who suck the blood of the poor and then throw them away like the peel of banana. But even then both the classes are interdependent upon each other.
In nutshell we may say “Waiting for Godot” is a mirror in which everyone can see his own face because