Today Mrs. Quinet brought up the discussion of colors in Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead". We have discussed the signficance of the color yellow in other pieces of literature this year, like in Eliot's "Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock." In Prufrock, yellow symbolizes decay and pollution ("The yellow fog that rubs its back upon the window-panes, / The yellow smoke that rubs its muzzle on the window-panes). Guildenstern on page 20 says, "'The colours red, blue, and green are real. The color yellow is a mystical experience shared by everybody'-- demolish." Could his discussion of yellow as a "mystical experience shared by everybody" relate to Eliot's portrayl of yellow in Prufrock?
Collin also mentioned in class that the colors red, green, and blue are the primary colors in science; Guildenstern refers to these as "real" colors. Perhaps he is hinting at the human tendency to regard science as fact rather than a subjective study of the world.
Colors are also mentioned on page 71 when Rosencrantz says, in his discussion of death, "They don't care. We count for nothing. We could remain silent till we're green in the face, they wouldn't come." Guildenstern responds: "Blue, red." What do you all think of this exchange and how it relate to the previous mention of colors? Why isn't yellow mentioned?