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Why is the play "Rosencrantz and Guilderstern Are Dead" by Tom Stoppard considered...

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wanderista | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 2) Valedictorian

Posted June 3, 2013 at 9:20 AM via web

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Why is the play "Rosencrantz and Guilderstern Are Dead" by Tom Stoppard considered absurdist?

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crmhaske | College Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted June 3, 2013 at 11:59 AM (Answer #1)

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Absurdist fiction involves the inability of the characters to find meaning in life, and this often takes the form of satire, illogic, and the breakdown of reason.  In Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, the roles from Hamlet are essentially reversed.  The play unfolds with the plot of Halmet in the background and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are the main characters rather than supporting ones.  The two struggle to understand what is going on around them and are reduced to idiots lost in a world bigger than they can understand.  They frequently misremember and confuse each other.

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