The Significance of the Boy in Waiting for Godot Essay

738 Words Mar 29th, 2013 3 Pages
Waiting for Godot
The Boy

Twice in Waiting for Godot, both Gogo and Didi meet the “boy” sent by Mr. Godot, once toward the end of Act I and once again at the end of Act II. When the boy appears, the only information he has to offer the two tramps is that Godot will come the following day, and shows no knowledge of coming with the same message the day before. This is Beckett’s way of addressing hope as an illusion, and of emphasizing the repetitive cycle of everyday life. This theme is central to the play as a whole, so despite the very short presence of the boy on both accounts, he still manages to represent one of the most important existentialist ideas that Beckett expresses throughout the work. The boy serves as a prophet to
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The first time he shows, it is as if the tramps have never seen him before, and are pleased to hear of his news. However, after hearing this promise of Godot coming “surely to-morrow”, the boy shows up the next evening and states the same message. He also acts as if he has no knowledge of his visit the day prior. After this, the audience is led to believe that the same events are going to occur the next day, and possibly even the next day, etc. This is Beckett’s way of presenting us with the repetitive nature of day-to-day life in human existence. We live each day trying to make tomorrow better in hopes that someday we will reach salvation, or discover our true purpose, rather than enjoying daily life as it comes. The boy acts as a symbol of this repetitive lifestyle, promising Gogo and Didi that as long as they wait, Godot will come, and they will be saved. The illusion of hope and the never-ending cycle of day-to-day life are central concepts that are explored extensively throughout Waiting for Godot, and are brought to light through many ways, one of which being the young boy. Despite his short presence, his messages from Godot and his own words affect Gogo and Didi heavily, as it keeps them waiting for Godot for another two days at least. Even toward the end of the play, Godot as still not come, and the audience is led to believe that the waiting game

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