Rosencrantz And Guildenstern, By William Shakespeare Essay

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Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead begins with confusion and ends in bewilderment. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are minor characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. Stoppard takes Rosencrantz and Guildenstern out of the Hamlet reality and creates a new world for them, a world where they are lead characters. However, in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s new reality, limitations and constraints arise. Many of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s adventures and actions have already been written by Shakespeare which only gives Stoppard so much to incorporate for himself. Stoppard actually does an exceptional job in giving Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s a plot for themselves, he does this through the manner of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s incomprehensibility of the world and their difficulty in making meaningful decisions. To an extent, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern did have the ability to make their own choices and to an extent, they didn’t. In this essay I will discuss just how much Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s capability for action, existential choice and death were already written before Stoppard even picked up a pen. The majority of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s narrative has already been written by Shakespeare. The characters try to break free of this narrative by the way they frequently discuss fate, chance and the difference between reality and acting. Stoppard takes many themes from Hamlet and incorporates them well within his play, however, his
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