Waiting for Godot

what do the acts of pulling off one's boot and pulling on and off one's hat signify in WAITING FOR GODOT?

it is from the drama "Waiting for Godot" act 1

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The meaninglessness of Godot is further explained through its connection to godillot or Estragon's boots. The play begins as "Estragon, sitting on a low mound, is trying to take off his boot. He pulls at it with both hands, panting. He gives up, exhausted, rests, tries again. As before" (7A). When Godot is substituted for the boot, the meaning becomes obvious. The interpreter struggles with the significance of the word, exhausts himself, and begins again. Moments later, Estragon increases the level of intensity, tearing at the boot (7B). Finally, Gogo "with a supreme effort succeeds in pulling off his boot. He peers inside it, feels about inside it, turns it upside down, shakes it, looks on the ground to see if anything has fallen out, finds nothing, feels inside it again, staring sightlessly before him" (8A). After much work, one can find the significance of Godot, and, just as Estragon announces, "There's nothing to show" (8A). The meaning of Godot is nonexistent, and the effort to find one is futile and exhausting. No matter how many times one searches, one will not find significance in the word. The action continues in the second act, when the two discover that Estragon's boots have been changed. The two discuss the situation: "Estragon: Mine were black. These are brown. Vladimir: You're sure yours were black? Estragon: Well they were a kind of gray. Vladimir: And these are brown. Show. Estragon: Well they're kind of green. 43B" The conversation shows the utter meaninglessness of Godot. Gogo cannot even decide the true color of either pair of boots. Every thought or action to discover the meaning of Godot is ridiculous. The interpretations of the name vary, but, just as in the boots, there is nothing inside. Whereas the boots in the first act were too tight, Estragon decides that these are "too big" and concludes the discussion frustrated, saying, "That's enough about these boots" (45A). The search for meaning in Beckett's language is frustrating and futile, and, because there is no real meaning to Godot, the interpreter can never get all the significance to come together. An exact fit is impossible.



Okay, this play gives me migraines. In any case I wouldn't read too much into the whole Boot/hat thing. What I might argue is that it establishes the relationship between the two men. Vladimir tells Estragon that he (Estragen)would be "nothing more than a little heap of bones" without him. This dependency extends to everything Estragon does, he cannot even take off his boot without help from Vladimir. Still we see Vlaimir examining his hat which makes us wonder if these two guys are merely interchangeable. Beyond that they are rather bored waiting around for Godot. It's not that I have anything against existentialist plays but I recall being bored trying to get through this thing!

could you pls give me a critical analysis and interpretation of thiw play from the perspective of a director with a plan of work for realising this interpretation for the1st scene in detail.