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Symbolism of hats in Waiting for Godot

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by Sam Duke on 30 October 2012

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Transcript of Symbolism of hats in Waiting for Godot

Significance and Symbolism of Hats in Waiting for Godot Existentialist idea- the concept that a prop as inane as a hat can represent a person’s entire identity Hats Representing Identity “Give him his hat. He can’t think without his hat.” Hats Representing Knowledge “Lucky’s hat! How does it fit me?” Hats as a Comedic Element In Waiting for Godot, all four major characters wear bowler hats. The only person who has no hat is the boy. Everyone has a hat? The Hat-Swapping Scene in Waiting for Godot Estragon, who focuses more on his boots and less on his hat, is more earthly and realist. Estragon and Vladimir Vladimir, who focuses more on his hat, is more cerebral and pensive. When Vladimir tries on Lucky’s hat, he is expressing a desire to change himself A Change of Identity He can only think with his hat on. Lucky At one point, Pozzo removes Lucky’s hat, showing that Pozzo dominates Lucky Several times throughout the play, characters think in unison. Whenever they do, they all take off their hats. Unison Thinking Beckett was an admirer of Vaudeville acting, and it shows in many productions of Waiting for Godot Vaudeville Clowning Many Vaudeville actors wore bowler hats, like many characters in Waiting for Godot.
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