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Posted July 27, 2010 at 5:26 PM via web

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How does the relationship between Vladimir and Estragon compare with the relationship between Pozzo and Lucky?

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kc4u | College Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted August 22, 2010 at 9:29 PM (Answer #1)

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1. The idea of 2 is absolutely crucial in Godot. There are two hats, two pairs of shoes, two acts and may be two Vladimirs, two Estragons and Two Luckys and Pozzos. At this level of the two, the two couples are one. They foil each other.

2. Didi-Gogo express a kind of eagalitarianism whereas the Lucky-Pozzo couple is a study in the master-slave relation.

3. But in a different way, the love-hate relation is operative in both. Didi and Gogo cannot help encountering each other in what looks like a scarcely populated earth. They want to drift apart but a strange love and care bind them. On the other hand, Pozzo is mortified by Lucky's passivity sometimes. There is a dependency at work here too. When Lucky speaks his thought aloud, his master just cannot take it.

4. Didi-Gogo act out a certain kind of stasis in the play in relation to which, the other couple undergoes radical changes in the second act. Lucky's dumbness and Pozzo's blindness in the second act is a pointer of change that takes place almost imperceptibly. As Pozzo despairingly says, he just went blind one day and Lucky dumb on another.

5. The Didi-Gogo pair waits, while Pozzo's famous maxim is one of movement, as his 'on' suggests in the first act. But it is this transition that disempowers his world in the second, as we see in his lecture on twilight.

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