Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Comparison to Hamlet

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Tom Stoppard’s film “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead,” is an unusual alteration of Shakespeare’s play “Hamlet,” where the action in the play “Hamlet” is narrated through Hamlet’s friends, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. In the play “Hamlet” they are minor characters, but in this film they have roles as major characters. There are some differences and similarities between these literature works. Some of these include; relevant and contrasting plots, themes, and characters, which are discussed in both of these literature works. These ideas and concepts can be used to compare the two literature works. The film has many flaws that make it inferior to the play Hamlet. Compared to the play “Hamlet”, the movie “Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead” is disappointing due to its complicated introduction, uninteresting plot and boring dialogue. The confusing introduction of the movie impacts the movie negatively and plays a major role in making the movie unappealing. In the beginning of the movie, the main characters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are travelling through an unknown path. There is no description of what is happening or where they are heading, which leads to an early confusion for the audience. Also, they are flipping coins for a long period of time, but coincidentally, the coin lands on heads consecutively multiple times, which causes the characters to be astonished. This weary introduction causes lots of confusion for the audience and may lead to a unappealing impression of the movie. A good introduction must hook in the audience’s attention, which this movie fails to do. In the play “Hamlet,” Shakespeare uses an amazing introduction to grab the reader’s attention. He starts the play off with conflicts such as the death of Hamlet’s father, and the mysterious allure of a ghost. This would have greatly shocked the people during Shakespeare’s time. This keeps the audience on their toes and ensures them to want to know more. Plus, he provides a clear...
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