The Tragic Play “Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead”

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The tragic play “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead” by Stoppard were retold from the story of Shakespeare famous play “Hamlet”. The two insignificant characters in “Hamlet” became the protagonists in Stoppard’s play, “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead” and Hamlet as a minor character. The author’s different perspective of Shakespeare’s two minor characters made the audience realize that being control like a puppet by Hamlet might have led them to their death. Throughout the play, Hamlet’s presence effected the two protagonists’ life. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are never in control of their situations. As the beginning, Rosencrantz were flipping the coin and afterwards they meet the players. The stage suddenly took Rosencrantz…show more content…
So as friends they wanted to help Hamlet out by playing the question game with each other. The author Stoppard made Hamlet the minor character and the antagonist in his play. However, through his speeches we can think he is controlling the protagonists. When the “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead” play shifts to Shakespeare’s “Hamlet” play, the audience gets a hint that the dialogues are about to change. It happens more when they are about to interact with Hamlet. Hamlet in Stoppard’s play was lost in his own world than socialize with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. But somehow his character’s presence gave Rosencrantz and Guildenstern a hard time in their simple aimless life. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern lives changed after Hamlet entered their life. As friends, they really wanted to figure out Hamlet’s madness problems. For this reason, they started playing the only question game to solve Hamlet’s mystery. This gave them a reason to serve the king and help Hamlet. The readers will think the only reason the protagonists agreed to spy on Hamlet because they were friends. And not because of money or rewards since they are not greedy people. “(Hamlet goes. Triumph dawns on them, they smile)” (Stoppard 32). In short, both got a little scared whenever Hamlet showed up because they were discussing and summarizing his personal life. At the same time, didn’t want Hamlet to know what they were up to but wanted

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