Tom Stoppard 's Postmodernism : Rosencrantz And Guildenstern Are Dead

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Tom Stoppard’s Postmodernism: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
In the aftermath of World War II, a change in theatre took place. Due to the recent war and colonization, the public began to “question authority, challenge precedent, and debunk mythologies associated with power and prestige.” This is evident in the world of theatre because working class themes and the idea of an anti-hero developed. This working class anti-hero reflected the public desire to confront the oppressive nature in history, tradition and convention. After watching a performance of Hamlet, Tom Stoppard began to wonder what happened when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern arrived to England without their charge. After two years of developing the idea, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead debuted at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe on 24 August 1966. Tom Stoppard attempted to create his own version of the ideal anti-heroes in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Invading Shakespearian tragedy, Stoppard explored the lives of the two courtiers from the play Hamlet and re-examines the story through their eyes. Stoppard explored dramatic irony found in real life; focusing on the idea that our action, or inaction, will have a direct effect on those around us. Just like in real life, we are not always aware of the situation unfolding. Stoppard explored this irony by making his duo vaguely aware of the situation at hand but unable to fully grasp what is actually happening. Stoppard furthers his…

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