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Forty Two And The Meaning Of Life

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At some point during the life of every person there comes a moment when fear of the unknown takes over and life starts to look disconcerting and alarming. To know how a collection of atoms miraculously formed from the entropy of the universe to create the first organisms on Earth is both astounding and befuddling. We as a society may never truly discover the origins of life or life before the universe but we have the ability as a society to look at the world and wonder how it all came to be and our purpose in life. This inevitably brings panic from the weak of mind and can in turn lead to mid-life crises or worse. In itself stemming mainly from these people having the impression ...view middle of the document...

This shows the beginning of the grand plan for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern that of course is alien to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern themselves. This plan mostly being Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s lost ability to control their fate and not being able to understand what’s happening in their lives from the rest of the duration of the play. A sense of confusion and paranoia starts to envelop Guildenstern as the results of the coin-toss point evermore in Rosencrantz favor. Rosencrantz however doesn’t see it like this and mentions that he “won”(2) which implies that the circumstance which he won are inconsequential and that only the fact that he indeed won are important. Rosencrantz in other words in a way wants Guildenstern to accept the nature of his new surroundings which of course Guildenstern will not do. Guildenstern realizes that something has changed in the world but of course is oblivious to such change. Guildenstern is not able to accept his fate at this time which is the main reason for his and later both of their confusion as they are trying to understand why they were put in the situation they are currently in in the first place.
Soon the coin toss incident starts to take a commanding role in the play as a frequent showcase of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s ceaseless confusion and lack of understanding. Also, it come to show Rosencrantz and Guildenstern as “losing their grip on reality” (Druadt 348). Specifically when the Player and his entourage show up, the coin and what it represents becomes highlighted. In the first game of coin toss Rosencrantz can easily pick up the coin but even a trivial task such as that becomes nearly impossible as the day progresses. Definitely a symbol of the dwindling strength that Rosencrantz has to the power that is controlling his life and of course that of Guildenstern as well. Rosencrantz can no longer keep his life represented by the coin separate from the Player which represents their fate. Also, in the third game of coin-toss where the coin is not in either of Rosencrantz hands and then in both of his hands is clearly “reminiscent of that… impossible run of ‘heads’” (348) that was seen...

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