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Honestly, I hardly enjoyed the script written by Samuel Beckett, Waiting for Godot, tragicomedy in two acts (1949). The masterpiece often reviewed by great writers.

For me as a commoner, the dialogue was tedious.

Farraginous topics discussed by Vladimir and Estragon, the two main characters in the story. From a tittle-tattle prattle about shoes and carrots to theological philosophy.

Of course, I giggled, in the part for example:

When Vladimir asks Estragon how the carrots he is eating and Estragon’s flat response: “its a carrot”

Or an absurd conversation:

Estragon: I suppose we blathered

Vladimir: about what?

Estragon: Oh, this and that, I suppose, nothing in particular. Yes, now I remember, yesterday evening we spent blathering about nothing in particular. That’s been going on now for half a century.

Or when a child came and constantly called Vladimir “Mr. Albert “with no explanation.

Following a mumbled jumbled and cavort dialogue was quite provoking, but also driven our curiosity on how the story will lead.

There must be hidden notions behind those brilliant conversations. But that’s not what I want to talk about.

The two rounds dialogue took place while Vladimir and Estragon were waiting for Godot.

Godot was continually mentioned in the conversation, but it never appeared. Those who wait also didn’t seems to know for sure what or who, they were waiting for.

But they keep on waiting as if they were forced and have no other choice but to wait for it. They continue to blather nervously while waiting for Godot.

The absurdity was the thing that made Godot became the center of attention. It showed existence, strength, and capability to forced both Vladimir and Estragon to keep on waiting until the end that it never showed up.

This situation was somewhat similar to current conditions. When everyone in the world constantly waiting and blathering about something, which nobody knows for sure about it, but everyone keeps waiting and discussing with an extraordinary intensity.

At this time

We’re all anxious

We’re all blathering

We’re all waiting

But not for Godot.


Bogor, April 2020

Hesty Dharmanita Wianggawati

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