However, these subtle and seemingly insignificant changes in the plot have great and deep meaning that totally changes the aura of the second act. He asks Estragon to help, but Estragon says he's leaving. Vladimir does not want to pick up Pozzo because then he and Estragon would be alone again. Estragon mishears him and ponders out loud if he knows a Bozzo. Vladimir sees Lucky's hat from yesterday lying on the ground. He taps to see if anything is inside. Vladimir tells the boy to tell Godot that he saw Vladimir.
He says he can walk barefoot, like Christ, but Didi berates him for comparing himself to Jesus. Beckett's plays were among the earliest and, therefore, created a great deal of confusion among the early critics. Pozzo ignores the question and says he would also be happy to meet Godot. Even with waiting for Godot they are not sure whether or not Godot will give them the reward. They both like the idea but cannot decide who should go first. Vladimir and Estragon discuss the merits of helping Pozzo get off the ground where he has fallen. Estragon suggests he and Vladimir find a new topic of conversation, but neither can think of anything to talk about.
He says Godot is good and doesn't beat him, though he does beat the boy's brother, who minds the sheep. The long rope mirrors how Didi and Gogo are similarly tied to Godot. Vladimir accepts, for the moment, that they were not in this place the previous day, and asks Estragon what they did the previous night, then. Estragon suggests they go somewhere, but Vladimir tells him they can't, because they are waiting for someone named Godot. The boy tells Vladimir that Mr.
Vladimir asks the boy what Mr. He does the same at the left edge. Godot that he has seen them. Neither of the two bums knows when Godot will appear, or even if they are at the right place. The first acts sets up the theme of the whole play. Vladimir thinks that it must be Godot who is coming to save them.
Estragon believes so, since he remembers the pretty pictures; he used to want to go there to the Holy Land for a honeymoon. Let us make the most of it, before it is too late! He picks up one of the boots and Estragon raises up his foot. Vladimir tells Estragon about the two thieves crucified alongside Jesus in the Bible. Estragon says he was one. . He tells them it is his first time coming to meet them.
Vladimir excitedly says that it must be Godot. Vladimir's assertion that he is not in control of his own moods is both absurd and an evaluation of the radical lack of freedom in the bleak world he inhabits, and, again, a suggestion that people are in some sense controlled by their bodies as opposed to the other way around—that life itself is a kind of prison. Vladimir asks if Estragon has ever read the Bible and if he remembers the Gospels. Did someone simply replace the boots? He says everything is dead, except for the tree. The idea that someone in Vladimir's desperate position would care so much about his appearance is rather absurd and comical. Vladimir asks if Estragon is ready to go. He has forgotten all about and Lucky as well as the fact that he wanted to hang himself from the tree.
In the plays of the Theater of the Absurd, the structure is often exactly the opposite. The absurdity continues with Estragon and Vladimir again talking about having nothing to talk about and then suddenly being able to stand up. They help him up again and hold him steady between them. Vladimir lifts up the legs of Estragon's pants and sees the wound from Lucky's kick, which would suggest that they were here yesterday. He chooses and is led through one of three doors. Let us not then speak ill of our generation, it is not any unhappier than its predecessors.
For each one who begins to weep, somewhere else another stops. But then he debates smoking some more from his pipe before he leaves. In the second act, the stage directions have changed, time has obviously passed, and the appearance of leaves of the trees signals new life. Estragon puts on Lucky's hat, and Vladimir puts his own hat back on before giving Estragon his hat back. He thanks Vladimir and Estragon for their company. Estragon isn't sure whether it's the evening or dawn, but Vladimir is sure it's evening. This confirms for him that they are in the right place.