Monday, March 31, 2014

A Very Inaccurate First Impression

When I first started reading Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, I really had no idea what was going on. I figured it was supposed to be humorous (at least after Ian told me it was), but I felt like I wasn't being let in on the joke. Now that we've discussed part of Act 1 in class, I'm certainly relieved to find out that there's infinitely more depth to the play than I had originally seen.
I said in class that I had originally labeled Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as Dumb and Dumber, and this could still be somewhat true. I felt like I was reading the script of a Charlie Chaplin film. Seriously, that's what I imagined. Characters waddling around aimlessly doing god knows what. I think this video accurately depicts what was going on in my head.
Needless to say, I'm very happy that my first impression was almost entirely wrong. 

1 comment:

Samantha Gillen said...

I enjoy the play. I find it funny, but I also find it has some depth to it, like the themes we discussed in class. It's admirable that Stoppard has the ability to hide meaning in the humor of the characters. I think this is a good play to end the year with; it's comical and light but also has some focal points in it that we've discussed throughout the year such as memory and free will. I wonder what the play would be like for someone who hasn't read Hamlet. Would the experience and interpretation of the play be much different or generally the same?