Important Short Questions : Waiting For Godot by Samuel Beckett


  1. Vladimir moves with” short, stiff strides, with legs apart” – What does it signify?
 Ans: - Vladimir suffers from the enlargement of the prostate gland- a complaint common in old age. His gait reminds us of the king of comedy, Charlie Chaplin.

  1. “Certainly they beat me”- Who is beaten by and by whom?
Ans: - Estragon informs that he had been beaten by some people whom he identifies only as ‘they’. What ‘they’ refers to remain a mystery, much like the malevolent cosmic forces, the tormenters of humanity. ‘They’ are as mysterious as ‘Godot’ is to be later.

  1. Who planned to commit suicide by jumping off the Eiffel Tower?
Ans: - Estragon and Vladimir had, during their younger days, together planned to commit suicide by jumping off the Eiffel Tower. But, Vladimir thinks, in their present condition, they would not be allowed to go up the Eiffel Tower and will thus be denied even the most despairing choice (of committing suicide).

  1. What are the nicknames of Estragon and Vladimir?
 Ans:- It is interesting to note that only in the list of characters are the tramps named Estragon and Vladimir. Right through the plays the two address each other by their Gogo and Didi.

  1. What is ‘mandrakes’? What is its symbolic reference?
 Ans:- The two tramps by mentioning ‘mandrakes’ give an evidence of their love for knowledge. An ancient fertility symbols, mandrake, is believed to grow below the gallows. Notably there, death and birth being two facts of the same coin, Gallows, a symbol of death, is put side by side with mandrakes, fertility symbol.

  1. Where were the Vladimir and Estragon Waiting for Godot?
 Ans: - it was a willow tree having scarcely a leave on it or it was a shrub or a bush, under which they were waiting.

  1. Estragon: I’m asking you it we’re tied:- How are the two tramps tied and to whom?
Ans:- Here Estragon asks Vladimir whether they are tied. They are tide to waiting for Godot. They can not get away from it was doing so would mean giving up hope, how so ever illusory that hope may be?

  1. “Why doesn’t he put down his bags?” – Who is having the bag? Why don’t he put down it?
Ans:- There is complementarity in the master- slave relationship in Pazzo- Lucky relationship. While they enter on the stage lucky has a bag on the back. Pazzo’s treatment of Lucky as a beast of burden underscores human tragedy. ‘Lucky’ in order to impress Pazzo, doesn’t put down his bags.

  1. Why is lucky given such a name?
 Ans:- There might be two suggestions about the source of his name – (i) lucky is ‘Lucky’ because he gets the bones or (ii) he is ‘Lucky’ because he has no expectations, hence he will not be disappointed further in his existence . “Blessed are those who do not hope, for they shall not be disappointed.”

  1. What does it symbolize by Pazzo’s baldness?
Ans:- The intellectual barrenness of Pazzo is symbolized by his baldness, in contrast to Lucky’s abundant white hair. Pazzo’s baldness fits well in the scheme of things – as then there is all round barrenness.

  1. What is thinking hat? Who wears it and why?
 Ans: - it is Lucky who can’t think without his hat on. And in order to terminate Lucky’s thinking someone has to remove his hat, as if an energizer has been removed from a machine. Thinking, thus, becomes mechanical.

  1. Why which name the boy address Vladimir?
 Ans: - The boy address Vladimir as Mr. Albert and Vladimir responds to it.
  1. What is the different do you find the Willow tree in act ii?
Ans:- In act. I we see that the tree, which was leafless in the first act, has four or five leaves.

  1. What the tree stands for in the play?
 Ans: - The tree is associated with the central theme of barrenness, nothingness and death. As the two tramps wish to hang themselves on the bough, it reminds us for Christ’s    crucifixion. Further in act ii when few leaves are seen, it stands for spring, hope and renewals also.

  1. How did the two tramps pass their line of waiting in act- ii?
 Ans: - The two tramps as a means of passing time propose different things: to sing, to think or to contradict each other, or ask each other questions.

  1. What was Lucky carrying in his bag? What is the symbolic in it?
 Ans:- Lucky in his bag carries sand, a symbol of burden and of time (in hour glass) , in his bag.

  1. What is the profit of Pazzo’s blindness?
Ans:- Owning  to Pazzo’s blindness, he has acquired a new might into the meaning of life. Life is a mere serious of meaningless repetitions activities. Journey from womb to tomb is full of miseries. 

  1. What does the song about the dog signify in Waiting for Godot?
 Ans:- In the beginning of act ii Vladimir moves about feverishly on the stage and suddenly begins to sing a dog song – an old German Balled. It is a circular song. It is emblematic of the circularity and repetitiveness of the play as a whole.

  1. What does Lucky’s ‘Dance in a Net’ symbolize?
 Ans:- Lucky’s dance amplifies the agony, strain and entanglement in life to magnify the ultimate suffering of human existence.

Let's Find the Answers:
  1. What does the bare landscape in Waiting for Godot signify?
  2. There’s man all over for you, blaming on his boot the faults of his feet – refer to the speaker and elucidate the statement.
  3. Mention the speakers who Visualize life as a moment between the womb and the tomb, in Waiting for Godot.
  4. Give two examples of the stage images of waiting as enacted in Waiting for Godot?
  5. It’s a remarkable percentage – mention the speaker and explain the concept.


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