THETR 266:

Waiting for Godot

Homework Questions



Answer the following questions as thoughtfully and completely as you can in two or three typed pages. Use one inch margins and 12 point font. Spell-check and proof-read your work. (Remember that titles of full-length plays are italicized.)

Papers may be printed on both sides. If more than one page is used, put your name on both sheets and staple the papers together in the upper left corner.

Include the title of the assignment, the name of the class, your name, and the date at the upper left of the page.

Be sure to answer all parts of a question.


1)     The play's structure makes use of pairs to a great degree. Its themes deals with concepts of suffering and oppression; memory and the unknown; and release (relief) and confinement (status quo), etc. Identify as many pairings/ parallels as you can. What is the significance of the use of pairs/ couples/ parallels/ divisions/ opposites in this context? How would these be expressed in a performance of the play? Discuss this in visual or performative terms as well as textual.

2)     Beckett claimed that Waiting for Godot  had no Christian/ religious message. Why do you think he has done this? Give several examples of why a reader might have come to the conclusion that he had.