Prince Hamlet has a very distinct view on his existence in the tragedy bearing his name. "O, that this too solid flesh would melt / Thaw and resolve itself into a dew!” he says at one point, wishing to leave his Earthly existence behind him. Life has not been good to Hamlet. His father is dead, replaced by the man who murdered him. His mother unknowingly married this murderer, and proceeds to further complicate things for the young prince. Consumed by his rage against his father’s...
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...Only too late do they realize that they have been played, and will die because of it. Guildenstern is now resigned to his fate. He has only realized too late that he held power over his own life – but alas, now is too late. The two finally reach the same state as Hamlet: they accept that death will come, and they have little control over the manner in which it will arrive. Unlike Hamlet, though, they only grudgingly release their hold on life and do not willingly pass on.
The view of death presented in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead starkly contrasts that which is presented in Shakespeare’s Hamlet. While Hamlet takes a serious, positive view on death, the other tragedy takes the opposite view. The “sequel” to Hamlet serves to balance the views, and to provoke thoughts about characters and life in the audience, which they might not have otherwise considered.
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