Waiting for Godot Character Analysis

Estragon

Also known as ’Gogo’ and on one peculiar moment, ’Adam’’, Estragon is a character with changing personalities. Initially, he is seen as playing second fiddle to Vladimir where he is portrayed as incapacitated in almost all fronts. His memory plays havoc on him and he is virtually unable to initiate any action including falling asleep [or waking up from sleep].

However, behind the veil of this simpleton guy is actually a mean and wicked Estragon. His intellectual ineptitude is made up for by his ingenuity to rise to occasions when he is needed the most. A case in point is the “let’s hang ourselves!” exchange in Act 1 when he instantly realizes the boy may not support Vladimir and kicks in with his ingenuity explain the situation

Vladimir

Vladimir is popularly believed to be more intelligent than Estragon but is he? Vladimir would want us to believe that Estragon depends entirely on him while that’s not the case. In fact, critics may think he is actually enslaved by a siege mentality and wouldn’t want to lose the comradeship between him and Estragon.

His friendship with Estragon appears to be founded on quicksand and the two keep worrying about whether they actually deserve each other as friends. They would spend half of their day pondering over the fact and that’s what makes the tick as each one of them needs the other to figure out anything. The due are two scared to part yet too hesitant to initiate a meaningful relationship. At some point, we see him as a defensive fella who doesn’t wish for others to get too close to him, perhaps this is a result of having watched countless episodes of others suffer.

Pozzo

Pozzo epitomizes tyranny. He is the essence of what is meant by mean and through him, we can quite well define cruelty. He is only concerned about what benefits him as an individual and he appears to have some mystical watch which makes Estragon mistake him for God at some point.

However, does his persona fit that of God? Absolutely not. This is because unlike God who is expected to be perfect, caring and all-present, Pozzo is reckless, detached and full of character flaws. However, he has some supernatural power in him but even this power is limited and does not equate to what God [or gods] have. The power cannot enable him to take charge of his fallible memory, for instance, not to mention he needs assistance rising to his feet and also needs to be reminded to sit down.
Lucky

Lucky is the character that eternally finds himself at the mercies of Pozzo. He is like a slave and has to contend with both physical and verbal abuse. He is made to work like a beast and denied freedom of choice in nearly everything.

However, unlike the other characters, Lucky has too many redeeming attributes. He has a conscience and has a strong sense of certainty so he needs not worry of what action to take, whether to take it and when to take it. He doesn’t even have to worry about the consequences because being at the beck and call of someone else exonerates him from all possible liability. In a nutshell, he has been redeemed from the responsibility and the agony of choice. Perhaps one thing that puts him in a more advantageous position is that being a slave, he is in an admirable position and may just be the Godot someday.

Boy

This is the character that brings messages from Godot where he tells Vladimir and Estragon that Godot is not coming but would come the following day. The boy appears rather mysterious and it is unclear whether the character in act two is the same as the one in act one, seeing as he also tries to deny ever having appeared to Vladimir in act one.

He describes working for Godot where he watches over his livestock as if on a farm plantation and his mystery and elusive style constantly makes it difficult for Vladimir to figure him out.
Godot

As the name suggests, he is the mysterious character believed to have some godly attributes. Vladimir and Estragon are especially concerned when he is angered and worry that he might punish them. In fact, they are known to have made a prayer in the past to try and appease him.

Godot displays certain godly attributes; the most conspicuous is that of being perpetually absent yet so strongly felt and talked about by humans. All this while, he remains obscure to human eyes but appears to partake of their worries, dreams, and aspirations. He truly lives up to the character of God, so he really cannot show up.

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