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COMPARE AND CONTRAST BECKETT'S PRESENTATION OF VLADIMIR AND ESTRAGON WITH THAT OF POZZO AND LUCKY IN 'WAITING FOR GODOT' Many theories have been made about Beckett's characters and, as he himself doesn't tell us who they represent or why they are there (other than Waiting for Godot"), we have a lot of leeway to interpret the characters in as best a way as we see fit. Because the nature of Godot is at best unclear, it is impossible to determine the exact arrangement of Vladimir's and Estragon's relationship to him. Vladimir and Estragon seem to be stuck in one space, and they are never seen to be in a different setting (although they may refer to one) therefore they are almost like prisoners stuck together and they are companions, not out of choice, but out of necessity. I say this because they both agree that they are better off without one each other. "We weren't made for the same road". Another reason for why they are together arises from the existentialism of their forgetfulness. ...read more.


He is always the one to remind Estragon that they must wait for Godot, and he seems to be the only one who cares about the consequences of not waiting. Being the more religious of the two (by quoting the bible), he is more concerned about the fate of the two thieves and wonders "why one was saved while the other was damned?", whereas Estragon simply accepts the story. Vladimir is also more empathetic toward civilization and recognizes that he does not contribute to society. Estragon focuses more on himself than anything else. When Pozzo and Lucky fall down and cry for help, it is Vladimir who realizes that this is a unique chance to help them rather than Estragon. By act 2, the distinctions are blurred between Estragon and Vladimir. Both Estragon and Vladimir engage in mental and physical exercises to pass endless time, and Vladimir seems to be more agile in each area. At the end of Act I, it is the active Estragon who asks, "Well, shall we go?" ...read more.


The blind have no notion of time. The things of time are hidden from them too". Pozzo's situation could symbolize the effects of time on humans. In my opinion, the more progress Vladimir and Estragon made, the further the fall for both Lucky and Pozzo. Which leads me t ask, are Estragon and Vladimir superior to Pozzo and Lucky because the former has a relationship built on friendship rather than one dominating over the other? Or are the two couples equally strange and stupid? Lucky and Pozzo both benefit from the kind of slave and master relationship because the relationship gives them identity and purpose. But if they spilt up, Pozzo would be left helpless for no one to do as he said; and Lucky would have no one to "impress" or serve under. The relationships between Pozzo and lucky and Vladimir and Estragon are extremely different. Pozzo and Lucky seem to have a more Slave & Master relationship whereas Vladimir and Estragon are much more loving and giving. The audience is kept interested in this play by the relationships between these main characters although in my opinion there is not really that much basis to make a play. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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