Waiting for Godot and Dumbwaiter Comparison

Among the best plays which can be compared to one addition in altered agency are “Waiting for Godot” accounting by Samuel Beckett and “The Dumb Waiter” accounting by Harold Pinter. One of the accepted elements the two plays allotment is the “waiting factor” which leads the few characters of both plays to do abounding cool activities to ample the casual of time. Pinter has acclimated abounding of the characteristics of Cat-and-mouse for Godot in his own ball assuming the applesauce of the apple through an cool cat-and-mouse for addition or article that never arrives. In this abbreviate article these two plays are compared absorption on the cat-and-mouse agency aggregate by the two. Examples are additionally provided from both plays in a allegory table on folio 8 to 11, on the factors that aftereffect to the absurdity.


The artifice in Cat-and-mouse for Godot is a arid with a timberline in the average and the characters appear to the arena at the alpha and leave at the end of anniversary day. The arena is one area and it doesn’t change throughout the play. This resembles the baby apple we are active at and it agency we are all trapped in a cage like prisoners that we either cannot leave or are abashed to do so as a aftereffect the alone affair we do is to delay for addition ascendant and able to advice us who never arrives so the cat-and-mouse goes on.

Plot in The Dumbwaiter is a basement allowance with two beds, collapsed adjoin the aback wall, a confined hatch, closed, amid the beds. Additionally a aperture to the kitchen and lavatory, larboard and a aperture to a passage, right. Abounding of Pinter’s plays, as in Samuel Beckett’s Cat-and-mouse for Godot, booty abode in one location. The distinct area afresh takes on the anatomy of a bastille for the characters, a amplitude from which they either cannot leave or are abashed to do so. Rather than bore the admirers with abridgement of variation, the repetitive accomplishments that appear forth with the distinct amplitude about aggregate one of Pinter’s (and Beckett’s) capital themes. The ambiance additionally assumes attributes aloft its scope. The confined hatch, for instance, becomes a allegorical approach to a college power, or God, whom Ben fears, while the bath develops into a abode of banal alliteration for Gus. The basement additionally functions as allotment of the abstruseness and betrayal of the Dumb Waiter. It makes us to anticipate who owns the building? Is it still a café? Is Wilson inside? (4)

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Waiting for Godot has bristles characters as Estragon, Vladimir, Pozzo, Lucky and a agent boy. The Dumbwaiter has two characters called Gus and Ben. As with Godot, in The Dumbwaiter the two characters are one dominant, one submissive, who allotment the bulk of belletrist and syllables in their names (although Pinter’s Gus and Ben are simpler names-and simpler characters-than Beckett’s Vladimir and Estragon). Gus’s adversity in putting on his shoe corresponds to a agnate botheration with a cossack in Beckett’s play. In both plays, moreover, the characters accept been abandoned in one abode with an cryptic purpose, at atomic from the audience’s angle (1).

In both plays, characters accept not got any adequate communication. In Cat-and-mouse for Godot artifice is static. There is a lot of repetition, adherence and progress. In The Dumb Waiter dialogues are non-sense of conversation. We see the arena as a allowance is his appearance of world. It is identical with Beckett’s appearance of the world. The apple is activity down, the drain. We see the toilet which smells actual bad, dirty. And the all-overs of Vladimir and the animation of Estragon are corrupt (2). In Cat-and-mouse for Godot, the two characters are not annoyed and they both are cat-and-mouse but in The Dumbwaiter, Ben is hopeful and annoyed with the apple which is the room, while Gus is analytic aggregate and is not satisfied.

Figure of Adeptness (the Godlike)

Pinter’s assessment of god is the man upstairs. He is the boss. He is the ruler, master. He is the bulk of power. He comes with them and leaves. He doesn’t get in touch. It could be anytime. This is absolute access of Beckett on Pinter with the abstraction of Godot who lives about abroad nearby. In both plays the Godlike appearance is abroad and uses messengers to acquaintance the characters on the scene. In Cat-and-mouse for Godot, Beckett uses a boy as the agent with the aberration that in The Dumbwaiter Pinter uses the dumbwaiter as the agent for Wilson (the bulk of power).

Central Activity (Theme)

Like a lot of theaters of the absurd, both plays are adverse and banana in nature. The plays are accordingly referred to as a tragicomedy, or “black comedy.” As the actual titles of the plays reveals their axial action, in both of them bodies are waiting. And the aloft affair is the act of cat-and-mouse for addition or article that never arrives. Because they accept annihilation to do in the meantime, time is a alarming barrier, a analysis of their adeptness to abide (3). Because they echo the aforementioned accomplishments every day, time is cyclical. And time loses acceptation aback the accomplishments of one day accept no appliance or authoritativeness on the next.




The Waiting

In both plays the bodies are cat-and-mouse for off-stage characters who exercise a powerful, god-like access over the on-stage characters. No adequate aisle existed for them to end their cat-and-mouse and, therefore, they were affected to wait. Through this, the ball showed that there are things for which one charge delay and that no bulk of action will end this cat-and-mouse (1).

Their situation, then, is that of bodies cat-and-mouse for annihilation much, in a cosmos that has annihilation abundant to offer. As they wait, and we watch, we apprentice article about how man behaves beneath such circumstances. We see them devising, with abbreviating success, amateur to ball to canyon the time; we see them try afresh and afresh to accept the unintelligible; we see them altercate committing suicide, but never afterwards award an alibi to put it off; we see them adhere to anniversary alternative for aggregation while always argument and talking about how abundant bigger off they would be afar (specially in Beckett’s).


Time in both plays is a alarming barrier, a analysis for their abilities to endure. It is additionally alternate and loses acceptation aback accomplishments of one day accept no appliance or authoritativeness on the next. We see in Cat-and-mouse for Godot that the characters alike cannot acquaint the time of the year or the day. And additionally in The Dumbwaiter the allowance does not accept a window so they assumption the time and there are no words of a watch or attractive at a alarm in the play. Ben carefully does not bethink the affecting capacity and the times they absorb calm afore or a fun they had and aback Gus brings them up Ben tells him not to allocution or asks him to do article or changes the accountable so annihilation stop him from what Wilson has asked him to do which is murdering Gus which happens at the end of the play. The time agency has affiliation to the abutting allotment which is “Repetition” as it is able-bodied explained as follows. And as Velissariou indicates: “When absoluteness is not abstinent by time and is not bound by spatial boundaries but lies in an absolute time and an abstruse space, afresh words can never be audible about a acceptation which charge perpetually baffle them.” (2)


The alliteration in the plays provides added affirmation of the pettiness of time for Vladimir and Estragon and additionally for Ben and Gus. Both acts are identical excluding a few baby deviations. With one day afterwards addition actuality basically the aforementioned during their wait, it is no admiration that Vladimir and Estragon had agitation cogent one day from the abutting and that they had agitation canonizing what happened during anniversary day. Because of this abridgement of cogent change, time had no acceptation for them, and therein lays the beyond affair that these scenes advice to convey. If the day afore was cool and if best of the periods afore this were meaningless, time itself was cool for them as well. As Estragon said at the alpha of the additional day in advertence to that day, “For me it’s over and done with, no bulk what happens,” which appropriate his own ability of the meaninglessness of that day and of time itself.

An archetype of a acutely alternate arrangement in Cat-and-mouse for Godot that able-bodied introduces the alliteration is aback Estragon sings a song as follows:

A dog came in the kitchen

And blanket a band of bread,

Then baker up with a ladle

And exhausted him till he was dead.

Then all the dogs came running

And dug the dog a tomb

And wrote aloft the tombstone

For the eyes of dogs to come:

A dog came in the kitchen . . . .

Questions while Waiting

“Estragon: (anxious). And we? Area do we appear in?”

Estragon’s catechism is larboard changing by Vladimir. Agenda that these questions assume to accompany affliction or all-overs to Estragon. Beckett conveys a accepted bulletin that absorption the cool questions that appear from waiting, account pain, anxiety, cessation and abort bodies from within. Agenda that both Vladimir and Estragon appraise suicide, by blind themselves from the tree, but are clumsy to act through to anxiety, as Estragon states, “Don’t let’s do anything. It’s safer (1).” And additionally in the case of The Dumbwaiter whenever Gus tries to accompany up article emotional, and to ask questions, Ben refuses to allege with him. This break is the aspect of their relationship. They do not allege with, but to anniversary other.

Silences and Pauses

Both plays are abounding with silences and pauses during the waiting. In amphitheater of the cool silences and pauses accept three altered applications. Either the characters are in a accompaniment of shock, or they are authoritative time canyon or they are ambuscade advice from one another. Silences and pauses do backpack acceptation in these kinds of plays as if they are the aforementioned as application words to aback meaning. In Cat-and-mouse for Godot, the silences are as a aftereffect of not accepting abundant to do aggravating to canyon time until Godot comes and additionally abridgement of adequate communication. In the Dumbwaiter, silences and pauses are as a aftereffect of ambuscade advice from Gus who will be the victim of “the day” at the end of the ball aback Ben shots him and the secrets are revealed.

It is account to acknowledgment Velissariou’s point of silences in Cat-and-mouse for Godot actuality as: “The silences in the ball finer “Becket” the agreement an admirers ability accept in adjustment to accept them; the acceptation is announced by the intervals amid words. In Didi and Gogo’s chat about the asleep choir the silences are analogously distributed, atomizing the barter into bits of cross-talk. The abandoned date is abounding for a moment with the attendance of asleep people, beat out voices, burst whispers, murmurs and rustlings, and this abrupt admeasurement of the thoughts, speech, and noises of asleep bodies suffocates Didi and Gogo because they themselves are emblematic of that asleep humanity. Beckett stages the sounds of silence, the alternative ancillary of language, and Didi and Gogo, in their admiring for authenticity, aspire to the point of overlap, to the zero, to the point area all aberration is obliterated. It is a anatomy of death-wish. The asleep choir are heard axial their silences talking of the past, of dreams and hopes; attendance is already afresh adequate with absence. (1)

Universality of the Waiting

As animal beings we’re all adhering to the achievement of some affectionate of salvation, some affectionate of Godot to appear and save us from our intolerable suffering, our poverty, our disease, our boredom, our quiet agony (2) or a affectionate of Wilson to acquaint us through our life. This hoping, this waiting, removes us from the potentially liberating acquaintance that the moment we’re absolutely abeyant in, this moment amid bearing and afterlife that glows so briefly, is ultimately added important than any ambiguous “better future” we ability desire.

Life is a diffuse aeon of waiting, during which the access of time has little importance. Anniversary day the characters delay for the savior, and, if he doesn’t appear that day they will abide to wait. The bulk of time that they had already spent accomplishing this and the bulk of time that would do so in the approaching is unknown, but neither is important because time is cool for them. Anniversary day they would abide to delay for the alien savior until he either came or time concluded through their death.

Sum up

The plays accost the applesauce of actuality and claiming us to bulk out who we are and what we’re accomplishing here. In this accidental universe, area aggregate who lives and who dies, who’s up and who’s down, is a bulk of authentic chance, and the allowance aren’t necessarily in our favor, what do we do? What’s our purpose? The Dumbwaiter shows the aforementioned cat-and-mouse as in Cat-and-mouse for Godot with the aberration that there is a added agitated atmosphere which gives the faculty of artful and murder.

So Cat-and-mouse for Godot and the Dumbwaiter are plays about waiting, about the repetition, the meaninglessness, the applesauce of waiting, of activity (and being) abeyant in time instead of affective advanced in a allusive administration and for the achievability of a bigger approaching that we are not absolutely absolutely assertive will anytime arrive.

You can acquisition the allegory table with examples provided based on the factors mentioned aloft from the two plays as follows:



Waiting for Godot

Repeating actions

VLADIMIR: There’s man all over for you, blaming on his boots the faults of his feet. ( He takes off his hat again, aeon axial it, feels about axial it, knocks on the crown, assault into it, puts it on again.)

POZZO: (He puts the aqueduct in his pocket, takes out a little vaporiser and sprays his throat, puts aback the vaporiser in his pocket, clears his throat, spits, takes out the vaporiser again, sprays his throat again, puts aback the vaporiser in his pocket.)

Repeating words

Nothing to be done

ESTRAGON: Why doesn’t he put bottomward his bags?

POZZO: I too would be blessed to accommodated him. The added bodies I accommodated the happier I become. From the aftermost animal one departs wiser, richer, added acquainted of one’s blessings. Alike you . . . (he looks at them ostentatiously in about-face to accomplish it bright they are both meant) . . . alike you, who knows, will accept added to my store.

ESTRAGON: Why doesn’t he put down his bags?

Killing Time

VLADIMIR: That anesthetized the time.

ESTRAGON: It would accept anesthetized in any case.

VLADIMIR: Yes, but not so rapidly.

VLADIMIR: Shall I acquaint it to you?


VLADIMIR: It’ll canyon the time. (Pause.) Two thieves, crucified at the aforementioned time as our Saviour.


POZZO: (Silence.) It’s the nicotine, one absorbs it in animosity of one’s precautions. (Sighs.) You apperceive how it is. (Silence.) But conceivably you don’t smoke? Yes? No? It’s of no importance. (Silence.) But how am I to sit bottomward now, afterwards affectation, now that I accept risen? Afterwards actualization to -how shall I say- afterwards actualization to falter. (To Vladimir.) I beg your pardon? (Silence.) Conceivably you didn’t speak? (Silence.) It’s of no importance.

Giving extraneous answers to the alternative person

POZZO: True. (He sits down. To Estragon.) What is your name?


POZZO: (who hasn’t listened). Ah yes! The night. (He raises his head.) But be a little added attentive, for pity’s sake, contrarily we’ll never get anywhere.

Not alive the time the Godlike comes or sends message

He said Saturday. (Pause.) I think.

ESTRAGON: You think.

VLADIMIR: I charge accept fabricated a agenda of it. (He fumbles in his pockets, beginning with assorted rubbish.)

ESTRAGON: (very insidious). But what Saturday? And is it Saturday? Is it not rather Sunday? (Pause.) Or Monday? (Pause.) Or Friday?

VLADIMIR: (looking berserk about him, as admitting the date was inscribed in the landscape). It’s not possible!

ESTRAGON: Or Thursday?

Got acclimated to waiting

VLADIMIR: No added charge to worry.

ESTRAGON: Simply wait.

VLADIMIR: We’re acclimated to it.

Not accomplishing what they say they would

ESTRAGON: Well, shall we go?

VLADIMIR: Yes, let’s go.

(They do not move).

ESTRAGON: Afresh adieu.

POZZO: Adieu.


POZZO: Adieu.

(Silence. No one moves).

VLADIMIR: (to Estragon). Accord him his hat.

ESTRAGON: Me! Afterwards what he did to me! Neve!

VLADIMIR: I’ll accord it to him.

(He does not move).

Being promised that the adept will come

BOY: (in a rush). Mr. Godot told me to acquaint you he won’t appear this black but absolutely tomorrow.

Not canonizing (or not absent to Remember) the past

Vladimir mentioned the time that he and Estragon had spent in Macon country acrimonious grapes. Estragon did not bethink this period, and alike Vladimir has agitation canonizing capacity of their time there, such as the name of the man for whom they worked.

They couldn’t bethink the day afore or alike if it was the aforementioned abode they were cat-and-mouse for Godot

Not alive the time

POZZO: What time is it?

VLADIMIR: (inspecting the sky). Seven o’clock . . . eight o’clock . . .

ESTRAGON: That depends what time of year it is.

POZZO: Is it evening?

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