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A Psychoanalytic Reading of Vladimir and Estragon in Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot
Dalarna University, School of Languages and Media Studies, English.
2007 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor)Student thesis
Abstract [en]

Much has been written about Samuel Beckett’s Waiting for Godot, but as far as I am aware no one has compared the two characters of Vladimir and Estragon in order to analyse what makes Vladimir more willing to wait than Estragon. This essay claims that Vladimir is more willing to wait because he cannot deal with the fact that they might be waiting in vain and he involves himself more in his surrounding than Estragon. It is Vladimir who waits for Godot, not Estragon, and Vladimir believes that Godot will have all the answers. This will be explored by examining four topics, all of which will be dealt with from a psychoanalytical point of view and in relation to waiting. Consciousness in relation to the decision to wait; Uncertainty in relation to the unknown outcome of waiting; Coping mechanisms in relation to ways of dealing with waiting; Ways of waiting in relation to waiting-time and two kinds of waiting-characters.

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Falun, 2007. , 25 p.
Keyword [en]
Waiting
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-2883OAI: oai:dalea.du.se:2883DiVA: diva2:518267
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Humanities, Theology
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Available from: 2007-06-28 Created: 2007-06-28 Last updated: 2012-04-24Bibliographically approved

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