: This one is enough for you? It’s not nice of you, Didi. Who am I to tell my private nightmaresto if I can’t tell them to you?
This conversation illustrates a fundamental facet of Vladimir’s outlook on life. He is morerational than Estragon, and seems incapable of understanding fantasy or imagination. He alsoseems to lack empathy and is more concerned with his own peace of mind than that of Estragon.
sentimental, confused, clingy. Estragon is more emotional and expressive thanVladimir, and often seems put off by his irritability. He is concerned with more earthly problems,such as what he is going to eat and how he is going to sleep without being beaten. He is a more physical person, and suffers more physical discomfort. He focuses on more simplistic ideas, suchas pictures in the Bible, and is in that way less cynical and more naïve. He fears being alone butalso suggests that he and Vladimir should part ways, suggesting that he does not think rationally.He is moody, needy, and forgetful.
: Please Sir…
: What is it, my good man?
: Er…you’ve finished with the…er…you don’t need the…er…bones, Sir?
: You couldn’t have waited?
This quote reinforces the motif of basic human needs triumphing over social dignity. Vladimir hesitates to lose his dignity, but Estragon recognizes his needs and is willing to act on them nomatter the circumstances.
enslaved, quiet, intelligent. Lucky belongs Pozzo, and despite his mistreat, is loyal tohim. He is strong both mentally and physically, but his talents are only used for the benefits of others—Pozzo even owns his thoughts. When he is allowed to think he thinks very powerfully,so much so that it is emotionally and physically unbearable to the other characters, but his lot inlife ultimately is subservience. He is usually reticent, violence-prone around strangers, but obeysPozzo’s orders, even if they are illogical. One may insinuate that he is called Lucky because,even though his position in life is one of servitude, he has a clear mission and position in life;unlike Vladimir and Estragon, he is able to move, think, and act. This implies that it is best tohave a clear purpose in life, to have someone to follow.
: Why doesn’t he make himself comfortable? Let’s try and get this clear. Has he not the right to?Certainly he has. It follows that he doesn’t want to. There’s reasoning for you. And why doesn’t he wantto? (
) Gentlemen, the reason is this. […] he wants to impress me, so that I’ll keep him.
This quote highlights the conflict between freedom and slavery, and questions which is better and more secure. Lucky may have the right to do something, but whether he does it or not is hischoice, he has freedom about how and why he should act, and that is why he doesn’t want torelinquish his position.
wealthy, conceited, snobby. Pozzo is a stark contrast to the characters of Estragon andLucky, because while he seems to have everything, they have nothing. He carries his world of material possession with him, while Estragon and Vladimir seem to not have a place in the worldat all. He is aware of his authority of others, and seems to enjoy taking advantage of it up to a point. However, this flaunting of wealth seems to break down, mirrored by the loss of his watch,revealing an underlying current of uncertainty and insecurity. He represents the wealthy,