Waiting for Godot

what is the relationship between pozzo and lucky

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The Lucky-Pozzo relation in Beckett's Waiting for Godot is a treatment of the master-slave relationship, which has always intrigued the Western philosophers from Hegel to Lacan.

Pozzo is in full control over the slave and has a stable ego-position in the first act. Lucky is silent and burdened in both literal and metaphorical ways. Pozzo is going to a fair where he wants to sell off his slave because lately he has started to deviate from his usual obedient self. Lucky's think-speech is a disconcerting articulation of truth for the master as Pozzo's barred status as a subject not in control over truth is revealed. Pozzo is made to realize what Lacan marked as the truth that can only come out of the mouth of the slave.

In the first act itself, Pozzo does show signs of shudder when he remarks that he has been unduly exploited by Lucky off late but this strand becomes dominant in the second act where he is blind and dependent on the dumb Lucky to find his way in his favourite on-ward movement. His eloquence has been ripped apart and he has grown into a very anxious character as his reaction to Didi and Gogo's question about the exact time when he went blind and Lucky dumb, suggests.