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In Waiting for Godot Beckett turns the undramatic (waiting, doubt, perpetual uncertainty) into tense action - Discuss with reference to two particular moments.

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In Waiting for Godot Beckett turns the undramatic (waiting, doubt, perpetual uncertainty) into tense action. Discuss with reference to two particular moments.

In Waiting for Godot the constant waiting creates a background for the different events that occur in the play, these events in turn highlight this waiting with the doubt and perpetual uncertainty that the characters Estragon and Vladimir feel. Beckett's use of language is one of the main factors in creating dramatic tension throughout the play, as can be seen in Act 1 when Vladimir and Estragon talk of waiting for godot and their uncertainty that they are at the right place.

In this moment the characters' conversation rambles on and they seem to go off at a tangent; Vladimir: "He said by the tree. Do you see any others?"

Estragon: "What is it?"

Vladimir: "I don't know. A willow." They then proceeded to talk about the tree, forgetting their original conversation topic for a while. This uncertainty on the characters part is shown in this constant façade - they seem to talk about anything they possibly can to take the boredom away. This moment could be very boring to the audience

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