A strange situation

Self-entrapment in Waiting for Godot

in Samuel Beckett and the primacy of love

This chapter is concerned with the relationships formed between the tramps, between Lucky and Pozzo, and between the two couples. It explores some themes of starvation and failure in the nursing bond and considers the dominant relationship between an absent, alluring, and withholding Godot-as-mother and an unwell infantile self. This chapter considers the anxieties that are created by the absence of maternal recognition and the important aspects of early object relations that are organized around an experience of absent love.

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