Hidden Meanings from the Three Messages in Tom Stoppard's play Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead

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If one was to simply try and watch Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead without any background knowledge or familiarity of Shakespeare’s play Hamlet, then my enjoy the wit and foolishness of the characters but wouldn’t understand the underlying messages. Tom Stopard’s idea of what two side characters in Hamlet do when they’re not in the main play by Shakespeare is very interesting. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead follows these two characters on their journey to questioning many of the things happening to them. Stoppard makes us question, “What if the play Hamlet is real?” The three main messages in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead are freedom, mortality, and reality. To begin, the topic of freedom is highly stressed…show more content…
No matter how hard Rosencrantz and Guildenstern try to get out of their death sentence, they can’t escape it. Finally, the last message and most important in the play is the question of reality. Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead interacts with the play Hamlet and ties in some common scenes. In Hamlet, Hamlet hires actors or players to act out the death of his father, the king, to make his uncle feel guilty and tell the truth about killing him. When this play within in a play, within another play is being performed, you are almost unclear of how real the extent of the performance is. This play even predicts the death of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern before it’s even thought of. The audience and characters of the play begin to confuse reality and drama. Stoppard shows that real life is like a play and makes us all wonder what is actually real. Overall, the three main messages in Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead are freedom, mortality, and reality. This play shows that we may not have as much freedom as we actually think. We are shown that fate determines our whole life and cannot be changed. The topic of mortality also makes you realize that death is inevitable and if you think of in negatively or positively is up to you. Lastly reality, being the most important message, compares life to a theatrical performance. Who actually knows if this is reality or if we

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