A Main Focus On The Allusions And Comedy Within The Novel As Well As References To The Allusions To Hamlet Throughout The Novel.

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In Stoppard's play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Deadthere are many allusions to the play Hamlet which contribute tothe meaning of the play and helps the reader better understandwhat is happening. In the tragedy, Hamlet Rosencrantz andGuildenstern are two very minor characters whom the reader hardlyhears from throughout the course of the play. However, in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead those two minor characters turninto the main characters and the play is told from their pointof view using an abundance of slapstick/Abbot and Costello comedy. The three most prevalent allusions within the play are: bothplays contained a disorder theme; however, it is greatly enhancedwithin Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead , in Hamlet Rosencrantz and Guildenstern seemed like one character with twovoices, but in the second play they are two different characterswith two different voices, and in Hamlet there were very fewlight scenes while Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead was fullof slapstick humor.In Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead the disorder themeis greatly enhanced throughout the play. The first example ofdisorder is the impossible run of "heads" while Rosencrantz andGuildenstern are flipping coins. "Heads... The process is repeated . Heads. Heads. Heads... a weaker man might be moved tore-examine his faith, if in nothing else at least in the law ofprobability. Heads." (pg 11-12) Ros and Guil had been flippingð 7 3Shcoins for a good part of the day and every time the coins came upa heads. It was an impossible occurrence of heads which adds tothe disorder theme and how everything went "haywire" after themessenger came. Another example of the disorder theme is whenRos and Guil had no clue what time of day it was. "...To put itanother way, if we came from down there and it is morning, thesun would be up there, and if it is actually over there and itsstill morning, we must have come from up there, and if that issoutherly and the sun is really over there, then it's afternoon.However, if none of these is the case--"(pg 58) This is anexample of the massive confusion over what time of day it is andis one of the best examples of disorder within the play. However, within Hamlet , the disorder theme is prevalent but it is notas evident as in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead . Someexamples of the disorder theme in Hamlet is the untimely murderof Hamlet Sr., and the confusion over what time of day it is.The unnatural death of Hamlet Sr. foreshadows bad things to comebecause their leader is not resting in peace which contributesto the disorder theme. Also, the confusion over what time ofday it is which enhances the disorder in the tragedy but it isgreatly exaggerated within the play Ros and Guil are Dead . InHamlet the disorder theme was definitely prevalent, but it didnot exist to the extent it did in Ros and Guil are Dead .In Ros and Guil are Dead the two main characters, Ros andGuil, are portrayed as two very different people. Ros is...

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