Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

I think we should watch Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. The play was written in 1966 by Tom Stoppard. He first wrote a one-act played called Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Meet King Lear in 1964. Then, he expanded upon that play, rewrote it, and called it Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. This new play was first published in 1967. It is a black comedy/parody/satire and is set in the late 1500s (Elizabethan era) because it semi corresponds with Hamlet. In the play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern try to find their own purpose in the world, and they also try to figure out why Hamlet is going crazy. Much like Hamlet, this play deals with the concept of action and delay. The climax of the play occurs when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern escort Hamlet to England and realize he is going to be murdered when they arrive. However, the two men decide to continue on, failing to act upon the information they have just received. They eventually figure out that they will be killed, too. Obviously, when they figure out they are going to be killed as well, they wish they would have acted earlier.


Joseph D'Amico said...

I had heard of that play before, but I never knew what it was about. It does sound pretty good, though. Aren't we going read that later this year because I'm pretty sure I have it in my locker. I really like a lot of stories like this where there are spin offs of other, more well-known stories.

Ian Kuehne said...