THE plot of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot is simple to relate. Two tramps are waiting by a sickly looking tree for the arrival of M. Godot. They quarrel, make up, contemplate suicide, try to sleep, eat a carrot and gnaw on some chicken bones. Two other characters appear, a master and a slave, who perform a grotesque scene in the middle of the play. A young boy arrives to say that M. Godot will not come today, but that he will come tomorrow. The play is a development of the title, Waiting for Godot. He does not come and the two tramps resume their vigil by the tree, which between the first and second day has sprouted a few leaves, the only symbol of possible order in a thoroughly alienated world...
...Many ingenious theories have been advanced to provide satisfactory interpretations for the characters of Beckett's play. Religious or mythical interpretations prevail. The two tramps Estragon (Gogo) and Vladimir (Didi) may be Everyman and his conscience. Gogo is less confident and at one moment is ready to hang himself. Vladimir is more hopeful, more even in temperament. One thinks of the medieval debate between the body and the soul, between the intellectual and the nonrational in man. Certain of their speeches about Christ might substantiate the theory that they are the two crucified thieves. Pozzo would seem to be the evil master, the exploiter. But perhaps he is Godot, or an evil incarnation of Godot. The most obvious interpretation of Godot is that he is God. As the name Pierrot comes from Pierre, so Godot may come from God. (One thinks also of the combination of God and Charlot, the name used by the French for Charlie Chaplin.)"
PS- if we miss, "The Myth of Sisyphus" should console everyone!
damn...10am on Saturday morning and, courtesy of eskota, I've got a full complement of neurons firing off in my brain!
I'm thinking a more fitting variation would have been Wild and Bison waiting for JK and fending off the evil master NutSac and his slave Dave <g> (meanwhile, whatdidumiss would be portaying Poe's raven on stage 2)
As for Sisyphus, that story always brings to mind the image of a dung beetle in action (never watch national geographic channel while studying mythology!)
Harper, I'm putting my EPS drivers together and will post later...
I'm also gonna post the EPS predictions submitted - so if you haven't posted your 'guess' here's a last change to be included (unlike harper, I don't really care how you get there, just that you provide a NUMBER and not just an action like "blowout" or "miss")
And now, mother nature is jerkin' my chain again and the promised rain isn't falling, so I'm off to move the sprinklers around before $150 in bluegrass seed becomes nothing but bird food.