YMMV / Waiting for Godot

  • Alternate Character Interpretation: Given how open the meanings of anything in the play are left, almost any interpretation of anything in the play can fall under this trope.
    • Pozzo is actually Lucky's slave,
    • the boy in act two is the first boy's brother,
    • the messenger boy is Godot,
    • Pozzo is Godot,
    • Lucky is Godot, and
    • there never was a Godot.
  • Big-Lipped Alligator Moment: Lucky's monologue, "Think". Subverted, as it referenced later.
  • Everyone Is Jesus in Purgatory: Despite many critics' interpretations, Godot is not God. Probably. Others theorize that the play represents a kind of Hell or purgatory.
  • It Was His Sled: Godot never comes.
  • Tear Jerker: The end of the second act, as Vladimir begins to realize that no one remembers the day before except him, that the same things are going to happen tomorrow, and he might not be able to remember either.
  • True Art Is Incomprehensible: Lucky's "think" being a major offender here.
    • The play itself counts as this. Beckett's theater work became even more abstract as he went on.
  • Nightmare Fuel: The infamous part where Didi and Gogo discuss the voices of spirits, unpleased by both life and death.
  • The Woobie: Poor, poor Lucky...
    • Arguably, everybody (except perhaps for Pozzo) in the play.
    • Or, even more arguably, perhaps poor old Pozzo as well. He admits he can't think for himself, and so devastated at the loss of his watch he goes blind.
    • Out of the main two (Didi and Gogo) Estragon seems to be slightly more of a Woobie, mainly because he also routinely gets beaten by some unseen gang.