Analysis Of Samuel Beckett 's ' Waiting For Godot ' Essay examples

1558 Words Dec 5th, 2016 7 Pages
Samuel Beckett’s two act play, Waiting for Godot, has been dubbed “a play in which nothing happens, twice" by Irish literary critic Vivian Mercier. There are only five characters, whose role in the drama never change; the plot of the story remains similar, with Vladimir and Estragon waiting for Godot to arrive but never appear. These two qualities allow Mercier to draw the accurate conclusion that nothing really happens twice. With little alteration in the plot, changes in the characters from one act to the next are more noticeable. There is an evident change in the character Pozzo. Pozzo is a slave owner, and one of his oppressed slaves is Lucky. Though Pozzo’s status never evolves, his dependency on Lucky shifts from Act I of the play to Act II as Pozzo, now impaired, overcompensates for the insecurities he has about himself losing his status, tied with his arrogant treatment of the other characters. Beckett depicts Pozzo as a character with prestige; he carries the rope that is tied around his slave’s neck in one hand, a whip in the other and nothing else. Pozzo introduces himself to Vladimir and Estragon in third person by stating “I present myself: Pozzo” (P.11). This usage of third person reinforces the idea that Pozzo upholds himself as an illustrious person. When anyone refers to themselves in the third person, it is usually because of an inflated ego they might have. In this situation, Pozzo see’s himself as above all the other characters. Pozzo is offended when…

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