How does the relationship between Vladimir and Estragon in Waiting for Godot compare with the relationship between Pozzo and Lucky?

In Waiting for Godot, Vladimir and Estragon have an equal relationship which does not change significantly over the course of the play. However, Pozzo and Lucky appear as master and slave in act 1 and then as blind man and guide in act 2. Their relationship, therefore, is unequal and subject to change.

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As there are only four characters of any importance in Waiting for Godot, and as they appear before the audience in two pairs, it seems natural to compare the two relationships. To do so, however, is quickly to discover that they present contrasts at practically every point. In the first place, Vladimir and Estragon enjoy an equal relationship and are fairly similar in character, while Pozzo and Lucky appear in act 1 as master and slave and in act 2 as blind man and guide. In both cases, they contrast sharply in appearance and manner. These differences are reflected in the dialogue. Vladimir and Estragon converse in swift stichomythia and repartee. Pozzo barks orders at Lucky, who responds with actions rather than words, except when performing his celebrated monologue.

Vladimir and Estragon, as the title of the play suggests, are static, perpetually waiting together. Pozzo and Lucky are dynamic. This is true both in the sense that Pozzo and Lucky pass across the stage on journeys while...

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