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Waiting for Godot

Waiting for Godot


by Samuel Beckett

Waiting for Godot Freedom and Confinement Quotes

How we cite our quotes: (Act.Line) Every time a character talks counts as one line, even if what they say turns into a long monologue.

Quote #7

I do. But instead of driving him away as I might have done, I mean instead of simply kicking him out on his arse, in the goodness of my heart I am bringing him to the fair, where I hope to get a good price for him. The truth is you can't drive such creatures away. The best thing would be to kill them. (1.495)

Pozzo believes he is doing Lucky a service by enslaving him; and, in one sense, he is. This could be the reason that Lucky is considered lucky—someone is around to tell him what to do. Left to his own devices, he may be as helpless and miserable as Vladimir and Estragon.

Quote #8

(to Lucky) How dare you! It's abominable! Such a good master! Crucify him like that! After so many years! Really! (1.476)

Vladimir turns the table on the master-slave relationship, suggesting that Pozzo is as beholden and dependent on Lucky as Lucky is on Pozzo.

Quote #9

He used to dance the farandole, the fling, the brawl, the jig, the fandango and even the hornpipe. He capered. For joy. Now that's the best he can do. Do you know what he calls it?
The Scapegoat's Agony.
The Hard Stool.
The Net. He thinks he's entangled in a net. (1.589-92)

We can take Pozzo’s statement about the net and apply it to all the characters in Waiting for Godot. Check out "Symbolism, Imagery, and Allegory."

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