Saturday, March 2, 2013
Captain Jack Sparrow
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern seem like they could be assembled into one person, if that makes any sense. Guildenstern would be the superego, the philosophizing part of the human, the more intelligent part. Rosencrantz would represent the ID, the follower and the more moral of the two (Guildenstern kills, yells, and rants). When I think of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern I think of a disassembled person, which reminded me of a sequence from Pirates of the Caribbean with Captain Jack Sparrow acting as multiple people in a confined "box". Much like Rosencrantz describes life as living in a box, Captain Jack Sparrow lives in Davy Jones' "locker". Moreover, Captain Jack Sparrow wonders aimlessly, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern wonder aimlessly. The multiple Captain Jacks scene is a series of small absurdities, which are directly related to theatre of the absurd. I think there are many more similarities between the two, because they are both absurd, strange, and in some way philosophical and likely psychological (split personalities, etc.).