Monday, April 2, 2012
Pippin & Ros and Guil Are Dead
While I was watching Pippin (which was fantastic, Mallory and Meredith! great job!) I was struck by the similarities with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead. Like Ros and Guil, Pippin has a fruitless struggle to find the meaning in life. The players in both plays also constantly allude to death and the grand finale being their specialty. Furthermore when the protagonists finally decide for themselves and take action, Guildenstern stabs the Player King and Pippin chooses to be with Madeline's character and her son, it is to no avail. Guildenstern unknowingly uses a prop knife, Madeline walks away with the other players, and Madeline's son becomes the players' next victim. Finally, all of Pippin's actions take place in the players' play as is implied of Ros and Guil Are Dead in the film version, from what I've heard. I was talking to Mrs. Klebba during the intermission however and she doesn't seem to agree. Mrs. Klebba says she absolutely adores Ros and Guil, but views Pippin more as entertainment than of literary merit. It's up to you to decide what you think!