Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead

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“Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” is one of the more usual plays constructed by Tom Stoppard. The play may come off as a random sequence of events that the two main characters endure, but when aspects of the play are closely examined, there is a method to Stoppard’s writing. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are faced with choices and countless question throughout the play. The questions the main characters ask each other may seem important at the certain time they are asked, but they ask so many questions without any answers that their questions become obsolete. Stoppard makes Rosencrantz and Guildenstern face the question do they want to actors in the play of life, which most readers don’t see because of all the other questions asked in the play. This…show more content…
When The two main characters first come across The Player, many philosophical ideas are exchanged. The Player seems to have better understanding of the world around him, and he attempts to bestow this knowledge on Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Stoppard has The Player to show that there are some people who are able to make their own decisions and better understand life. The only problem is the two do not seem to understand or accept The Player’s logic.The Player believes all people are artists, while Rosencrantz thinks they are gentlemen. The Player goes on to say “For some of us it is performance, for others, patronage. There are two sides of the same coin.” This statement is pretty ironic considering that the two main characters flipped coins for hours and the coin only landed on one side. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern only see the “patronage” life. They only want to know why things happen around them, instead of “performing” to control their own life. Stoppard has given The Player the ability control his life because he has chosen to be an actor in the play of
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