Waiting for Godot Short Essay - Answer Key

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Short Essay Questions Key

1. Who are the five characters in "Waiting for Godot?"

The five characters in "Waiting for Godot," are Estragon, Vladimir, Pozzo, Lucky, and the boy.

2. Vladimir asks Estragon if he has ever read the Bible. What does Estragon tell him?

Estragon tells him that he remembers the pretty, colored pictures and that the Dead Sea was a pale blue.

3. The set is very bare with the exception of one significant thing. What is it, and why do you think Beckett used this particular thing?

The only significant thing on the stage is a bare tree. While a tree is useful as a prop, Beckett may have been making a statement about the qualities of a tree like the potential for life, even when it is bare, and the shelter it offers. It is also the the prop that makes it possible for Estragon and Vladimir to consider hanging themselves. The reasons Beckett may have used a bare tree are more a matter of opinion and will vary from student to student.

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