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A Commentary On Lucky's Monologue In Waiting For Godot

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World Literature Assignment #2Title: A Commentary on Lucky's Monologue in Waiting for GodotWord Count: 1006LUCKY: Given the existence at uttered forth in the public works of Puncher and Wattmann of a personal God quaquaquaqua with white beard quaquaquaqua outside time without extension who from the heights of divine apathia divine athambia divine aphasia loves us dearly with some exceptions for reasons unknown but time will tell and suffers like the divine Miranda with those who for reasons unknown but time will tell are plunged in torment plunged in fire whose fire flames if that continues and who can doubt it will fire the firmament that is to say blast hell to heaven so blue still and ...view middle of the document...

His role in the narrative of the drama as he is introduced is by and large passé, until he is asked to 'think' by Vladimir. The ensuing verbosity when Lucky dons his hat has spawned innumerable academic interpretations and attempts to decipher the crux of his musings. Most agree that Lucky's speech is not simply meaningless prolixity and can be split into 3 distinct sections or beats (of which the first 2 are examined here). Upon closer inspection of these sections, one can derive Lucky's message. Throughout the course of his speech Lucky makes a startling commentary on the nature of God, the cessation of man, and the degeneration of our species.As the speech begins, its focus is immediately clear. "Given the existence… of a personal God… with white beard…" He paints a portrait of an archetypal Christian God, one who is wise, magnanimous, and "personal." He goes on to polarize that image with an ecclesiastical construct that is largely opposite and is characterized as being "outside time without extension…" Even if there is a God he is unable to affect us and even if he can, his care and love are subject to "some exceptions." These exceptions become sufferers who are "plunged in torment [and] fire…" This fire is supposedly so strong that it will "blast hell to heaven…" The implications of these lines further the conflicting effects of a God. Those who are exceptions from his care experience life on earth as hell, and this sensation is so strong that it eventually overrides any mote of hope or belief in a paradise beyond their earthly sufferings. Lucky's cynical feelings are innately clear. God is an absent projection entrenched in paradox and if not, then he is defined by "divine apathia" or apathy, a lack of interest, "divine aphasia" the inability to understand or express speech, and "divine athambia" the meaning of which is subject to debate but can be understood, according to the Oxford English Dictionary as "imperturbability". He is unfeeling, unseeing, and inattentive.Similarly, Lucky's thoughts and opinions are no less cynical or judgmental when considering the human race. Although fragmented by parodies of professors and philosophers, the gist of this beat of the speech can be glimpsed in the spaces in between. "and considering… that… it is established beyond all doubt… that man in Essy… wastes and pines…" Lucky establishes that man is on the decline. His use of the phrase "wastes and pines" suggests not only a physical atrophy, but a mental one as well. This notion is reinforced by specific examples, "in spite of… the practice of sports… penicilline and succedanea…" Despite our best efforts at advancing ourselves physically and mentally, we are "concurrently [and] simultaneously… fad[ing] away…" Lucky rounds off the beat by making reference to the fact that this "dead loss" of ourselves is a process that begun with "the...

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