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Department
English
Course
ENGA11H3
Professor
Deirdre Flynn
Semester
Winter

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Waiting for Godot - character analysis and some imp quotes Waiting for Godot  Vladimir (Didi) - Perception and intellect - He enjoys discourse about mental emotional dilemmas, occasionally referring to his limited memories of the memories in an attempt to make sense of his life - Absolute control over Estragon - He takes responsibility for being Estragon’s conscience - He is confident that without him Estragon’s existence is incomplete - Even in his position of limited superiority, Vladimir asserts his dependence on Estragon, saying "You're my only hope" and fearing that a suicide attempt would leave one of them alone - One such question is at the end of Act II, when Pozzo and Lucky are leaving - "Where do you go from here?" He is actually questioning the existence of Pozzo and Lucky and their approach to life, an inquiry at the heart of the play. - He has pride, as exhibited when he is ashamed of Estragon for gnawing on Pozzo's discarded bones. - He constantly interrogates and checks himself on his own shortcomings. "Was I sleeping, while the others suffered?" Assuming that he has done little or perhaps nothing to improve the miseries of others, he suffers from the stigma of shame and disgrace that he has turned blind to all the sufferings around him. He regrets that "tomorrow" when he "wakes" he will have nothing good and worthy to recollect from his today. - He is still indecisive. His constantly peeking into the hat and his walking back and forth are his indications of his restless spirit and a longevity for stability - He reminds Estragon that they must wait for Godot - He becomes the conscious of mankind, and Estragon is the body  Estragon - Laments physical limitations - Physical pain and need - First complaining of sore foot - His hunger or thirst never seem to stop - He is physically beaten every night - He is trapped in the moment, with no memory of yesterday and no hope for tomorrow - He is only kept by the fact that Vladimir remembers yesterday and hopes for tomorrow - The two men are inseparable if Vladimir represents the body and Estragon the Soul, hence they embrace after a period of separation  Pozzo - Slave driver - He demands total attention and feels proud to introduce himself - He prides upon declaring that rest are humans like him, but considers himself superior to the rest. - He asserts that he forced to be the society because he has no society of his “likes” - His scorn and contempt for lucky and has no bounds - He makes comfortable at the expense of his slave (1 act) st - He particular about Lucky’s right - He has lost his sight and must be led around by his slave (ACT II) - He has changed into a helpless man (act II) - Pozzo presents himself with God-like pomp, which is probably the reason he is
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