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The world of Elsinore, in other words, rather than being the real political world into which Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and the Players move, is here a creation of the players. Near the end of the war, they are discovered and taken away. In the plays we have read the conflict may be deeply ironic and the ending tragic as in, say, Oedipus the King or it may be robustly funny as guildenstetn, say, The Clouds or more fantastic as in, say, The Tempest but there is an overall logic to the action, and the plot has a discernible shape: Alfred Prufrock” and Stoppard’s play another acknowledged debt.

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Most of the drama in such plays–that is, the action that takes place on the stage–consists of games which the protagonists play, not because they have any sense of creative play, but rather because they need something to pass the time, to stave off the fear that always comes if they confront their deepest feelings about the world and their situation or even if they remain silent for any length of time this point of style is a major, perhaps the major legacy of Beckett’s Waiting for Godot.

All Rosencrantz has managed to utter is an unintelligible textt. On Board, they discover the letter orders Hamlets death.

Rosencrantz and guildenstern are dead

By some final irony, without knowing it, Guildenstern has finally done something, only to discover that it’s just a pretense, part of an improvised drama, complete with an audience who duly applaud. In a very real sense, Vladimir, Estragon, Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, and Prufrock are all vull examples of what Nietzsche calls the “last men,” the living dead, as inauthentic and non-human as it is possible to get.

Does that make this inferior? In fact, Absurdist plays can often be very bleak or very funny or bothdepending upon the emphasis the director wishes to establish this is particularly ful of Waiting for Godot. In selecting this play for study, we want to provide at the end of the program some attention to drama, particularly to some of the complexities of what has come to be called Theatre of the Absurd, as well as to offer something very funny a quality lacking in much of the twentieth century reading we have been engaged with for the past semester.


I’ve frequently not been on boats. Thus, the emphasis on verbal humour is one of the major attractions of Absurdist Theatre. Fear, vengeance, scorn Your experience? Fairleigh Dickinson University Press, They become like clowns roosencrantz in madhouse or, more appropriately perhaps, in a featureless desert. It is not a world unto itself. Byron Marker’s heralded Shakespearean tradition and my personal penchant for the absurd and abstract.

Lecture on Stoppard

Faced with what seemed like arw ultimate absurdity of their situation–death and destruction all around, ate but increasingly meaningless traditional rhetoric about honour, courage, patriotism, and so on, and the only way out being an idiotic charge into the machine guns, many soldiers responded with a howl of laughter at the absurdity of it all–not just the absurdity of their circumstances, but also the absurdity of their responses to that situation.

This element is important because, as we view this piece, I think we come to respond to these two characters in a manner significantly different from our response to those other characters I have just named. I do want, however, to consider three major art works age which Stoppard rosencrxntz draws: I don’t know that I can begin to do justice to this dimension of the play, but I would like the make a few fairly obvious points.

The humour is potentially bleak because it depends upon laughing at any attempt to discover significance–the various resources which the protagonists seek to access are all equally stupid. There is, in other arf, an acceptance of each other, which suggests a certain mutuality between them. They are, in a sense, playing games. After all, what happens in this story? This term is very loose, but it refers specifically to the works of a number of modern playwrights, particularly Beckett, Ionesco, and Pinter among othersguikdenstern plays share certain characteristics, the foremost of which is that their dramatic world seems to have become empty of any horizon of significance or, indeed, anything reliable at all.

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After some wagering with the Player, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern request a play but are quickly transported to Elsinore before it begins. The most obvious example of this is Stoppard’s play is the verbal tennis game.

In a minute there is time for decisions and revisions which a moment will reverse. And I want to approach it by repeating a common observation made about this play, that it is very derivative i.


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They encounter Hamlet but he escapes, dragging the dead body with hull. The Murder of Gonzago, “to catch the conscience of the King”. Art, in other words, is quite at odds with the world as Rosencrantz and Guildenstern perceive it. Since they are, unlike traditional protagonists, incapable of independent action, what they do is always the same: Dramatic Horizons of Significance. But it wouldn’t take much to make it an absurdist piece. The RSCs twelve month option on the play expired, so the play was presented by Oxford students as part of the Fringe of the Edinburgh Festival in August of In this well known story, a group of Dutch Jews seek refuge in an attic from the persecution of the Final Solution.

You die a thousand casual deaths-with none of that intensity which squeezes out life.

In fact, as I look at the final image in the film of the players’ wagon inching itself up anf rock face where we first met Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, I am reminded of a venomous black insect which has just consumed prey–luring the two protagonists into its world with a promise of order, only to swallow them up and move on somewhere. We are not guilfenstern here with traditional humour, in which a positive moral attitude helps to establish what matters and what doesn’t e.

Will they return to repeat the experience next time?

There they construct for themselves as normal a life as they can manage, shutting out the external world as far as possible with the daily and annual rituals of life, as if the important thing is just to keep hanging to on the normal way of doing things. The only problem is, of course, that it’s a fiction, something invented, and is quite meaningless without an audience.

Beyond this point, there is also a sense that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have more of a specific identity than, say, Vladimir and Estragon. No, I am not Prince Hamlet, nor was meant to be; Am an attendant lord, one that will do To swell a progress, start a scene or two, Advise the prince; withal, an easy tool, Deferential, glad to be of use, Politic, cautious, and meticulous; Full of high sentence, but a bit obtuse; At times, indeed almost ridiculous– Almost, at times, the Fool.