Friday, March 1, 2013
Life in a Box
On page 71, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern talk about life in a box. Rosencrantz states that life in a box would be better than no life at all, which I feel is very true. I also think that living in a box is very symbolic of their lives. Their entire struggle and role throughout the play is to accomplish a task for Claudius so that they will be "free" and can "escape the box". I think that through this way of thinking, they both limit what they can do, and feel that this is definitely seen throughout the play. For example, when they're on the boat, they begin to talk about all that they can't do on a boat because they are essentially "trapped" and Rosencrantz even considers throwing himself overboard. He feels that death is the only escape and only relief from the life he's living, "trapped inside a box". I believe that maybe one of Stoppard's motives behind writing a play like this with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern was not only to create sort of a comedy, but to also make readers consider life and if it feels like a box to them. If it does, then he seems to portray the message to do something about it (not death, of course) and make it better. Go out and experience new things, meet new people, and better yourself as a human being.