In the play, Stoppard highlights the futility of human existence. Stoppard highlights this through Ros and Guil as they are represented as 'every man' figures. Stoppard links to the futility of human existence through the themes of identity, inactivity, incomprehensibility of the world, and art and real life. Ros and Guil are shown to have fluid identities, and they are both interchangeable. They are not aware that they are in a play and never can distinguish the difference between the play and what is real. They can never ask the right questions and find the right answers to get them to a conclusion as language is unreliable. This is linked to the theatre of the absurd and futility of the world as they are never aware of how they will end, and their fate is written by the playwrights. This shows that humans are deemed inactive when it comes to our lives, as all of our fates are the same and we cannot escape it. Ros and Guil have a lack of narrative history, and they don't know who they are or what their purpose is, "And who are we?". This links to Existentialism as Ros and Guil never know what they are supposed to be doing, and never know what their purpose is in life. Stoppard highlights human existence as meaningless through this play, as Existentialist theories show that humans don't have a certain 'objective' to fulfil. Stoppard highlights the futility of human existence through the themes and the language.
Ros and Guil are shown to have a lack of identity, as they have no narrative history, "Do you remember the first thing that happened today?" Ros and Guil spend most of the play lost and confused about where they are and what they are supposed to be doing. This links into the incomprehensibility of the world as they do not understand anything around them. They have no narrative history and don't know who they are, they are not even aware that they... [continues]
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