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A Discussion Of Three Messages From The Text “Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead” By Tom Stoppard

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The text “R. and G. are Dead” is a story that has a lot of messages and meaning behind a somewhat comical text. R and G are two characters from the famous text “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare. During the course of the play, it flashes from R and G to parts from the play “Hamlet” so that really the people that know the play “Hamlet” are the only ones who really know what is going on. During the course of the play “R. and G. are Dead” the characters R and G don’t really have a purpose on anything, including what they do and where they go, they just kind of go with the flow and they don’t really care. During the course of the play “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead” by Tom ...view middle of the document...

The play ultimately suggests that the prominent role of chance in our lives, along with the difficulty of not knowing the true intentions of other people, leads to complete confusion. Although this experience may sometimes seem funny when it happens to others, in the end it is one of the worst aspects of life.
What does it mean to be alive verses being dead is one of the main questions throughout the play “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead”. Throughout the whole play R and G play with the ideas about death. During the course of the play Rosencrantz even asks what he thinks it would be like to be dead in a box. The answer is that he would rather be alive when put in the box with a chance that someone might come along and let him out. While they are playing this game, the audience is aware that there is a bigger thought behind being in a box, which in the play they are referring to as a coffin. This box metaphor can also be seen in bigger terms such as life itself. This metaphor leads the...

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