Thursday, February 28, 2013

Sexual Innuendos

Guildenstern and Rosencrantz seem to give impressions throughout the play that exhibit sexual innuendos. In terms of their own bodies, they don’t have a sense of their own physicality. They get up to “stretch their legs”. There are sexual implications as well as Rosencrants of them offering to stretch Guildenstern’s leg. In addition to sexual innuendos they also seem to have a lot of anxiety and are still aimless even when they have been given directions. They are disoriented. Uncertainty pervades. They have no sense of direction and are really just idiots. They don’t know where North, South, East, and West are. They can’t tell where the wind is coming from.

3 comments:

Ian J said...

Also, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern seem to be "joined at the hip", which I think can also mean to be married or to essentially be one (they do everything together). Does Stoppard imply something about their sexuality?

Grant Reggio said...

If I remember correctly, there's also a bunch made in regard to the players. Though this play isn't Shakespeare's per se, sexual innuendos at the time were used for comic relief. In regard to the players and R and G, I think this is to further accentuate the fact that they are all clown like. This hence relates to the featured characters of clowns in Theatre of the Absurd.

Michell D said...

I think that the sexual innuendos in the play are pretty hilarious. They are kind of subtle, but obvious enough for people to pick up on. This is different from how I feel about those in Shakespeare because they are not that funny (in my opinion) and they seem difficult to understand. Sexual innuendos are like the bathroom jokes of theatre, they are usually only funny due to the shock factor of the audience. I think that as time progresses, people become more accustomed to the sexual innuendos because they see them so much. So nowadays the implications need to be super obvious to the point that its tasteless. For this reason, I think that sexual innuendos are dead.