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Waiting for Godot

Samuel Beckett

Dramatic Divisions of Waiting for Godot

Even though the drama is divided into two acts, there are other natural divisions. For the sake of discussion, the following, rather obvious, scene divisions will be referred to:

ACT I:

(1) Vladimir and Estragon Alone

(2) Arrival of Pozzo and Lucky: Lucky's Speech

(3) Departure of Pozzo and Lucky: Vladimir and Estragon Alone

(4) Arrival of Boy Messenger

(5) Departure of Boy Messenger: Vladimir and Estragon Alone

ACT II:

(1) Vladimir and Estragon Alone

(2) Arrival of Pozzo and Lucky

(3) Departure of Pozzo and Lucky: Vladimir and Estragon Alone

(4) Arrival of Boy Messenger

(5) Departure of Boy Messenger: Vladimir and Estragon Alone

The above divisions of the play are Beckett's way of making a statement about the nature of the play — that is, the play is circular in structure, and a third act (or even a fourth or fifth act, etc.) could be added, having the exact same structure. For further discussion, see the section on Circular Structure.