Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead
- Faber and Faber
- Publication Date:
- 01 January 1973
- Plays, playscripts
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In his best-known play, Tom Stoppard takes absurdist theater to its height! The play's main characters, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, are two minor characters in Shakepeare's Hamlet. In Stoppard's play, the action takes place off-stage during of a product of Hamlet; much of it centers around the two characters' confusion about the play as well as the world around them.Yet, amid their nonsense ramblings, Stoppard has Rosencrantz and Guildernstern cleverly remind us of some universal truths, largely expounding on the theory of existentialism. If you are a fan of the theater of Samuel Beckett or Harold Pinter, if you devour the works of Albert Camus, or if you simply enjoy language-play in general, this is a must read!
An amazing triumph of literature, drama, and postmodernism. Read it, quote it, then see the movie.
I'd give this six stars if I could. This is an amazingly witty telling of Hamlet from the perspective of two minor characters, mixed in with existential philosophy and excellent repartee (the fancy name for which is evidently 'stichomythia'). Here are some of my favorite quotes:"We're actors--we're the opposite of people.""Eternity's a terrible thought. I mean, where's it going to end?""Life in a box is better than no life at all, I expect. You'd have a chance, at least. You could lie there thinking, 'Well. At least I'm not dead.'"
Probably my favorite Stoppard play. If you haven't seen it or read it -- get this right now! (Remember Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are two characters in Shakespeare's "Hamlet."
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