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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

by Tom Stoppard

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Questions

Bring on the tough stuff - there’s not just one right answer.

  • Given the Player's description of a tragedy in Act Two, is Stoppard's play a tragedy ("The bad end unhappily, the good unluckily")? (2.316)
  • Why are Ros and Guil so lost and directionless when not caught up in the action of Hamlet?
  • What are the major similarities and differences between Ros's view of what a play should do, and Guil's view of how a play should relate to reality?
  • Does Stoppard's play pay homage to Hamlet or does it ridicule it?
  • If you've read Waiting for Godot, how is Stoppard's play different than Beckett's? How do the two plays deal with themes of absurdity and a breakdown in communication in distinct ways?

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