Character of Pozzo: Waiting for Godot by Samuel Becket



Pozzo is the part of human society which is affluent, knowledgeable and yet ignorant of the troubles and sufferings of their fellow humans; this character may even be charged for the atrocities and cruelties of the dominant sectors of society and masters. In the first crossing of the road where Pozzo deliberately turns blind to the miserable plight of Lucky, his servant-cum slave, he is contrast to the personalities of the two tramps that are awakened to their state of uselessness. Pozzo is careless of society because he considers himself above humanity and society: "He can no longer endure my presence. I am perhaps not particularly human, but who cares?"


The treatment of Pozzo with Lucky is not human or near human by any stretch of imagination. He is the materialist which would not care for the pangs and troubles of Lucky. He would take the benefit and throw the peel away. Pozzo appears an evil personality in the first phase of the play where he is willing to sell Lucky for a considerable price:

"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."

But the second part of the play reduces Pozzo to nothingness. He was the only character in the play having some sort of control over things but when he crosses the road for the second time, he is quite old now. He is blind. Now Luck carries him along and Pozzo is dependent upon Lucky. However, the role of Lucky has not changed. His role remains as it ever was, to serve his master no matter how he behaves. The blindness of Pozzo is symbolical of the deterioration and fall of man; every passage of time, though man is devoid of any sense of time, engulfs man with an even chaotic and pessimistic situation.

The strong, intelligent and self-amusing Pozzo has completely changed. He has lost his memory. He has lost his happiness. He has no sense of time and place. He will go where Lucky will take him to. He will fall if Lucky falls, he will walk if Lucky walks. Pozzo replies to the tramps in in the second act:

"I don't remember having met anyone yesterday. But tomorrow I won't remember having met anyone today. So don't count on me to enlighten you."



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