function the bag, basket). In Act 1 Pozzo
Posted On June 7, 2019
function on a much more logical base, thinks more rationally and has better memory in comparison to Estragon who is always hungry and waiting to sleep. Vladimir continuously reminds Estragon that they are waiting for Godot to signify that they need each other. As such, it can be suggested that Estragon represents the body while Vladimir represents the mind. Samuel Beckett deliberately highlighted a relationship between Vladimir and Estragon to suggest that one cannot exist without the other, highlighting that one cannot work without the other when they compliment each other. They often mention leaving each other but they never do suggesting that their relationship is as ambiguous as everything in Waiting for Godot.
Beckett depicts the theme of relationships to suggest that they give meaning in ones life through the significant relationship between Pozzo and Lucky. Pozzo and Lucky are a pair in the play who represent the antithesis of each other since they are tied together both physically and mentally. A number of polarities could be suggested about them, one of them being, if Pozzo is the master, then Lucky is the slave. The repetitive actions of Lucky highlight the obedience of his character and the mundane commands he has to abide by as he puts (down the bag, basket, and stool, advances… goes back to his place where he again puts down the bag, basket). In Act 1 Pozzo is seen to be an authoritative figure as he is confident, powerful and demanding. He gives the illusion that he knows exactly where he is going and how to get there. As Pozzo arrives on stage and sees Vladimir and Estragon he recognizes them as humans, but, as inferior beings and acknowledges that there is a human likeness, even though the “likeness is an imperfect one”. In Act 1 of the play, Lucky appears on stage pulling Pozzo by a long rope. The symbolism used by Beckett of the long rope prop represents how they are fixed together in the same way a mother and child would be, with the roping of the umbilical cord tying the two together. In contrast to