Vladimir: I don’t understand.
Estragon: Use your intelligence, can’t you?
Vladimir uses his intelligence.
Vladimir: (finally) I remain in the dark.
Waiting for Godot has a minimalist background: each character seems to suffer from some kind of amnesia, so that no one can quite remember what happened the day before.
In this play, we first encounter the two main characters, Vladimir and Estragon, waiting for a mysterious man called Godot. But before you think this play is just about people sitting around and waiting– it is not.
As they chatter, we get to see how close they are, and how distinct they are from each other. Estragon is the smart one, the one who always corrects Vladimir, who, in turn, appears to be more impulsive, somewhat insecure and reliant on Estragon.
Vladimir and Estragon’s friendship is perhaps extremely strange, but the play brings out their closeness and their reliance on each other which is touching, if in an unconventional way.