Waiting for Godot
Waiting for Godot Freedom and Confinement Quotes
How we cite our quotes:
VLADIMIR You work for Mr. Godot? BOY Yes Sir. VLADIMIR What do you do? BOY I mind the goats, Sir. VLADIMIR Is he good to you? BOY Yes Sir. VLADIMIR He doesn't beat you? BOY No Sir, not me. VLADIMIR Whom does he beat? BOY He beats my brother, Sir. (1.783-792)
In the Boy and the absent Godot we have another set of master and slave. Vladimir and Estragon, then, are the only set of equals in the play. Or are they?
VLADIMIR One is not master of one's moods. All day I've felt in great form. (2.16)
By declaring himself at the mercy of his emotions, Vladimir takes another step in the direction of self-imposed servitude.
Vladimir pulls up the trousers, looks at the leg, lets it go. Estragon almost falls. VLADIMIR The other. (Estragon gives the same leg.) The other, pig! (Estragon gives the other leg.) (2.233)
Vladimir has assimilated notions of master and servant from watching Pozzo and Lucky. Notice which role he takes for himself in this implicit case (calling Estragon a "pig", as Pozzo does to Lucky) – as opposed to the role Vladimir takes later when explicitly playing pretend with Estragon.