Character Analysis: Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead

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This film is the kind of thing that you didn’t know you needed until you have it, and then you want more of it. Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a work of genius. This is certainly an interesting idea; taking an old piece of literature, choosing some background characters, and making a narrative for them that does not disrupt the canon narrative. What is so genius about it is how brilliantly the playwright knows Shakespeare, and knows how to play as Shakespeare. The dialogue seems entirely Shakespearean, and the wit is a clever match. Stoppard loves allusions and metaphors, clear evidence of that is found within the first spoken lines. Tom Stoppard’s play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a fantastic addition to Hamlet, some of the things that make it so are the constant, never-spotting allusions to death, the sad ship scene, and Stoppard’s treatment of identity. Throughout the entire movie Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead the characters make underhanded and metaphorical references to death, pointing out to the viewers how imminent death truly is. From the very beginning lines, “Heads … heads … heads …” (etc) there are allusions to death throughout the film adaptation. This of course, is playing on the title Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead and they are dead after all, aren’t they? Another…show more content…
I cannot help but smile the entire time while watching it. There are so many things that happen in two hours, or so it seems. Or perhaps not, depending on how one would consider to be things happening, because much like Hamlet there is no action for a long, long while. Just talking. Fast-paced, quick witted talking that brings together allusions of death, tender moments, and identity close together and making sense. Or is that completely wrong? Does this movie make sense to anyone? I’d like to think it makes sense to me, but much like death, I don’t

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