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The Relationship of Pozzo and Lucky

An in-depth analysis of Pozzo and Lucky’s role and significance throughout the play.

Clayton Markert

on 6 November 2012

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Transcript of The Relationship of Pozzo and Lucky

The Relationship of Pozzo and Lucky By Clayton Markert Relationship Comparisons Vladimir and Estragon Compare Relationship Citations Does Lucky want to be free? Relationship of God and Man Is it slavery if one chooses to be a slave? Master/Slave Pozzo Significance of the Rope Lucky Characterization -Wealthy businessman
-Owner of Lucky
-Cruel and dominant as
a person -Weak and timid
-Slave to the will of
-A rope surrounds
Lucky's neck -Lucky wears a rope around his neck
-Rope may be taken as a noose or leash
-Rope seperates the two
-Rope appears shorter in Act 2 -Pozzo owns Lucky
-Lucky is subject to the will of Pozzo -Lucky represents mankind and is subject to the will of Pozzo
-Pozzo has this odd influence over Lucky -Lucky is submissive to others
-He could emancipate himself, but he chooses not to
-Lucky has free will, yet he chooses not to express it

Estragon asks, "He never refuses?" Pozzo replies, "He refused once." (41) -There is the question of free will
-Lucky doesn't enjoy the relationship, yet he shows no desire to escape

Pozzo says, "He wants to impress me, so that I'll keep him." (30) -Pozzo and Lucky represent a polarized version of Vladimir and Estragon
-Vladimir and Estragon represent mind and body -The relationship is parasitic
- Pozzo dominates the relationship
-Lucky is dependent on Pozzo for emotional direction •Koshal, Erin. "Some Exceptions" And The "Normal Thing": Reconsidering "Waiting For Godot's" Theatrical Form Through Its Prison Performances." Modern Drama 53.2 (2010): 187-210. International Bibliography of Theatre & Dance with Full Text. Web. 12 Oct. 2012.
•Stephani Pofahl Smith The French Review Vol. 47, No. 5 (Apr., 1974), pp. 889-903
•John R. Moore The Tulane Drama Review Vol. 5, No. 1 (Sep., 1960), pp. 49-60
•Brother John Rechtien Texas Studies in Literature and Language Vol. 6, No. 1 (Spring 1964), pp. 5-21
•Lawrence E. Harvey Art and the Existential in en Attendant Godot PMLA Vol. 75, No. 1 (Mar., 1960), pp. 137-146
•Arthur Wagner The Tulane Drama Review Vol. 11, No. 4 (Summer, 1967), pp. 81-88 Act 1 Act 2 -This relationship is one of mutual dependence
-Lucky needs Pozzo for emotional guidance
-Pozzo needs Lucky for physical guidance
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