Sample Paper 2 Question:
What dramatic techniques have playwrights used to convey ideas and/or beliefs in two or three plays you have studied, and how effective have they been?
1. Waiting for Godot is labeled as a ‘tragicomedy’. What elements of the play are comic? What tragic? How do they work together to give the play meaning?
2. What do Vladimir and Estragon represent?
3. What characteristics differentiate the two characters?
4. What does the tree symbolize? The tree is bare in the first part of the play. On the second day, Beckett instructs in his stage direction that the tree has four or five leaves. What do the leaves symbolize?
5. What or who does Godot represent? (Keep in mind that Beckett himself could not answer this, so it is really a rhetorical question.) Does it matter?
6. What is the structural purpose of having Pozzo and Lucky in the play?
7. What is the purpose of having those characters appear altered in the second act?
8. Beckett was particular about his stage directions. Choose a section of Waiting for Godot and write a completely different set of stage directions, but keep the dialogue the same. How does this alter the meaning of the play?
9. If the two parts of the play were reversed how would that effect your interpretation of the play?