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End Of Your Rope - Waiting For Godot Interpersonal relationships are extremely important because the interaction of the characters in Samuel Becketts Waiting for Godot as they try to satisfy one anothers boredom is the basis for the play Pozzos and Luckys interactions with each other form the basis for one of the plays major themes The ambivalence of Pozzos and Luckys relationship in Waiting For Godot resembles most human relationships Irritated by one another they still must function together References to their relationship are generally couched in rope images Physically present and other wise implied visible and invisibleinvolving people as well as inanimate objects and connect the dead with the living The only rope that appears literally is the leash around Luckys neck that Pozzo holds In terms of the rope the relationship between these characters is one of consistent domination The stage directions say that Pozzo drives Lucky by means of a rope passed round his neck 15 Lucky is whipped often and he is essentially the horse pulling Pozzos carriage in a relationship that seems cruel and domineering Yet Lucky is strangely compliant In explaining Luckys behavior Pozzo says Why he doesnt make himself comfortable Lets try and get this clear Has he not the right to Certainly he has It follows that he doesnt want toHe imagines that when I see how well he carries Ill be tempted to keep him on in that capacityAs though I were short of slaves Despite his miserable condition Lucky does not seem to desire change Perhaps he is happy or maybe not miserable enough Perhaps as the compliant Vladimir and Estragon he cannot envision himself any differently The relationship between Pozzo and Lucky does not however stagnate at this point The very next day when the two next appear the rope between them is significantly shorter so that the now-blind Pozzo may find his way In this new situation it is less clear
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