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Waiting for Godot
Waiting for Godot  is an absurdist  play by Samuel Beckett, in which two characters, Vladimir and Estragon, wait endlessly and in vain for the arrival of someone named Godot. The greatest seductive symbol in the play is the figure of Godot which is seen to represent God, existence, meaning, the gaze of the other, a social big-brother figure, an absent centre of authority and so on. Waiting as a condition of being is yet another symbolic act in the play.

There is a symbolic import in the repetitive circularity of action in the two acts. The boots, the hats, especially Lucky's thinking hat which produces his great speech are all symbolic objects. Estragon seems condemned to forever take his boots on and off, as does Vladimir with his hat. This is another great combination of the tragic and the comic; the situation is hilarious for its absurdity, but dismal at the same time. 

Only fact that we learn about mysterious Godot is that he has a white beard.