Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

686 WordsOct 30, 20143 Pages
In what ways does Stoppard make it clear to an audience that the world of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead is absurd? Stoppard’s play, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead” is a form of absurdist theatre where the otherwise unacceptable, unbelievable happenings of the universe are taken in by the audience and absorbed as part of the play. The main absurd component of the play revolves around the idea of existentialism where the central characters are completely unaware of their past or why they exist. They are surrounded by absurd events, which they are unable to understand or explain. This is one of the signs that the world of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern is absurd as they are set ‘in a place without any character’. This opening…show more content…
This is evident in the central characters right from the start as they aren’t controlled by anything and are left to their natural resources to try and discover why they are where they
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