“Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are dead” Stoppard in brief

“Two people, in Elizabethan costumes, spend their time in a place devoid of any characteristic features.” Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are playing toss; Guildenstern takes a coin from the purse, tosses it, and Rosencrantz, looking as she fell, pronounces an “eagle” and drops the coin into her purse. Guildenstern’s wallet is almost empty, Rosencrantz’s purse is almost full: the “eagle”, as it is unbelievable, drops out all the time, and they have been playing for a long time. Guildenstern does not care about money, it tries to understand the meaning of what is happening, because “it must mean something else, except the redistribution of capital.” He tries to look at the matter from a philosophical and scientific point of view. Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern so played enough that they do not remember where they are or what’s wrong with them. With difficulty they remember that a messenger arrived to them. Probably, they need to go somewhere, but where? Guildenstern finds the answer to this difficult question: they need to move forward. But they have already forgotten which side they came from. They feel lonely and abandoned. Music is heard in the distance, six actors soon appear. They offer for a few ringing coins to give Rosencrantz and Guildenstern a complete set of blood-chilling scenes, heroes and corpses. For an additional fee, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern can take part in the action. Rosenkrantz asks how much it is worth to look at the private performance and whether there are enough two spectators. The actor responds that two people as an audience are deplorable, and as connoisseurs – ideally. Hearing the price, Rosencrantz is horrified. But it turns out that he did not understand what the Actor means. The actor is ready to place the boys at their disposal. Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are disgusted with the actors, but the actors say that such times are now. When asked by Rosencrantz what they usually do, the actors respond that they do ordinary things, only inside out. Represent on the scene what happens outside of it, “what is the kind of unity – if you look at every exit as an entrance somewhere.” Rosenkrantz does not want to pay more than one coin for a presentation. The actor does not like such a fee, and Guildenstern suggests that he play with a toss. Each of them in turn calls the “eagle”, and, since the coins are still always falling “eagle” up, each of them in turn wins. Guildenstern bet that the year of his birth, multiplied by two, gives an even number. He wins, but the actors do not have the money to pay. Guildenstern demands,

“There is a change in lighting, as a result of which the external world is turned on in action, but not very much.” Ophelia runs into the stage, followed by Hamlet, between them there is a silent scene, Ophelia escapes. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern want to leave, but here Claudius and Gertrude enter, who, confusing Rosencrantz and Guildenstern with each other, ask them to stay and find out what is biting Hamlet for boredom. Rosencrantz does not like this: he wants to go home, but he has lost his orientation and does not know from what direction they came. Guildenstern philosophically notes: “The only entrance is birth, the only way out is death.” What other landmarks do you have? ” Rosenkrantz has already forgotten what to do, and Guildenstern reminds him that they must entertain Hamlet and, in passing, find out what’s troubling him. The king promised that he would not remain in debt, and Rosenkrantz very much wants to know how much they will get, but Guildenstern is sure that royal gratitude is words, words. To pass the time and practice, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern play in question, in the end they are themselves no longer understand what game they are playing and what are its rules. Hamlet wanders through the stage, he reads the book and does not notice them. While Rosencrantz and Guildenstern understand what is going on, Hamlet manages to leave. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are training: Rosencrantz asks questions, and Guildenstern answers on behalf of Hamlet. Rosencrantz concludes: Hamlet’s father died, and his brother climbed on his throne, and his bed, thus offending the moral and physical laws. But why does Hamlet behave in such a strange way? Guildenstern honestly responds that he has no idea. Hamlet and Polonius enter. When Polonius leaves, Hamlet joyfully greets Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, confusing them with each other. He tells them that he is mad only in the north-northwest, and with the south wind he can still distinguish a falcon from a heron. After talking to him, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern feel that he left them in the cold: within ten minutes, he asked them twenty-seven questions, and answered only by three. Half of what he said meant something different, and the other half did not mean anything at all. They are trying to determine for a long time whether the south is wind or not southern, but they are not succeeding. Word for word, they forget what they started talking about. Suddenly Rosenkrantz shouts: “Burning!” In fact, he does not burn anywhere, he just wanted to show what it means to abuse freedom of speech to make sure that it exists. confusing them with each other. He tells them that he is mad only in the north-northwest, and with the south wind he can still distinguish a falcon from a heron. After talking to him, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern feel that he left them in the cold: within ten minutes, he asked them twenty-seven questions, and answered only by three. Half of what he said meant something different, and the other half did not mean anything at all. They are trying to determine for a long time whether the south is wind or not southern, but they are not succeeding. Word for word, they forget what they started talking about. Suddenly Rosenkrantz shouts: “Burning!” In fact, he does not burn anywhere, he just wanted to show what it means to abuse freedom of speech to make sure that it exists. confusing them with each other. He tells them that he is mad only in the north-northwest, and with the south wind he can still distinguish a falcon from a heron. After talking to him, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern feel that he left them in the cold: within ten minutes, he asked them twenty-seven questions, and answered only by three. Half of what he said meant something different, and the other half did not mean anything at all. They are trying to determine for a long time whether the south is wind or not southern, but they are not succeeding. Word for word, they forget what they started talking about. Suddenly Rosenkrantz shouts: “Burning!” In fact, he does not burn anywhere, he just wanted to show what it means to abuse freedom of speech to make sure that it exists. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern feel that he left them in a fool: for ten minutes he asked them twenty-seven questions, and answered only three. Half of what he said meant something different, and the other half did not mean anything at all. They are trying to determine for a long time whether the south is wind or not southern, but they are not succeeding. Word for word, they forget what they started talking about. Suddenly Rosenkrantz shouts: “Burning!” In fact, he does not burn anywhere, he just wanted to show what it means to abuse freedom of speech to make sure that it exists. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern feel that he left them in a fool: for ten minutes he asked them twenty-seven questions, and answered only three. Half of what he said meant something different, and the other half did not mean anything at all. They are trying to determine for a long time whether the south is wind or not southern, but they are not succeeding. Word for word, they forget what they started talking about. Suddenly Rosenkrantz shouts: “Burning!” In fact, he does not burn anywhere, he just wanted to show what it means to abuse freedom of speech to make sure that it exists. but they fail. Word for word, they forget what they started talking about. Suddenly Rosenkrantz shouts: “Burning!” In fact, he does not burn anywhere, he just wanted to show what it means to abuse freedom of speech to make sure that it exists. but they fail. Word for word, they forget what they started talking about. Suddenly Rosenkrantz shouts: “Burning!” In fact, he does not burn anywhere, he just wanted to show what it means to abuse freedom of speech to make sure that it exists.

The actors arrive in Elsinore. Hamlet asks them to play “Killing Gonzaga” and is going to compose and insert a monologue. The actor, meeting Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, expresses his insult to them: the actors began to play, they entered into the taste, there were already two corpses, and then they noticed that no one was watching them, that they were crucified under an empty sky, but the consciousness that someone looks, is the only thing that makes this life bearable, because actors are something opposite to people. Guildenstern complains to Akter that he and Rosencrantz do not know what is going on, and do not know how to act. They only know what they are told, and that is not much, and in addition they are not convinced that this is the truth. Rosenkrantz explains that Hamlet has changed outwardly and internally and they need to find out what influenced him. Hamlet speaks to himself, and this is a sign of insanity. True, while he says reasonable things. Guildenstern seems to understand: “a person talking to himself, but with meaning, is no more mad than a person talking to others, but carrying a nuisance.” Rosenkrantz notes that, since Hamlet does both, that means he is clinically normal. The actor goes to learn the role, and Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern talk about death. Rosenkrantz believes that a person is born with a premonition of death and, barely born, he knows that for all compasses in the world there is only one direction and time – a measure of it. Guildenstern says that death, accompanied by eternity, is the worst thing that exists in both worlds. There are actors and begin to rehearse pantomime, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are watching. Interrupting the rehearsal, Ophelia runs into the stage, pursued by Hamlet, who hysterically grabs her by the sleeve, shouting at her,... and so on. d. After the words “to the monastery, the monastery” Hamlet comes out and came to the rescue with Claudius Polonius, Ophelia outposts in tears, decide that Hamlet’s soul is occupied not by love. Claudius decides to send Hamlet to England as soon as possible. When Claudius, Polonius and Ophelia leave, the actors resume rehearsal. They disagree with Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern in their views on art. The actor believes that murder, seduction and incest are exactly what the public needs. Rosenkrantz loves a good story – with a beginning, middle and end. Guildenstern would prefer art as a mirror of life. The actor comments on Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern pantomime: on the stage – a stylized scene of the murder of Polonius, pierced through the curtain. Then the king-actor sends his nephew-actor to England, accompanied by two smiling spies, but the prince disappears, and the spies have a letter in their hands that condemns them to death. The English king, having read the letter, orders them to be executed. When a spy before his execution cloaks tear, it turns out that under the cloak of the two spy dressed in costumes similar to costume themselves Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern seem as if they have already met with these people somewhere, but they do not recognize themselves in them. “Spies are dying, slowly, but convincingly.” Rosenkrantz slowly applauds. During the blackout there are exclamations: “The King stands up!”, “Stop the performance!”, “Light!”. When it begins to lighten, it becomes clear that it is the sunrise and two men lying on the stage in the same positions as the executed spies – sleeping Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. When they wake up, they try to determine where the east is. Because of the scene Claudius calls them: Hamlet killed Polonius, and we must take his body to the chapel. Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern go stupidly around the stage, not understanding which way to go. While they are clumsily trying to catch Hamlet, he manages to carry and hide the body, and then disappears and himself. Claudia afraid to admit that they have lost Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are trying to get out, but luckily for them, the guard leads Hamlet – and saved the situation. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern must sail with Hamlet to England. Hamlet asks the warrior in armor about the army of the old Norwegian under the leadership of his nephew Fortinbras. and then disappears and himself. Claudia afraid to admit that they have lost Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are trying to get out, but luckily for them, the guard leads Hamlet – and saved the situation. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern must sail with Hamlet to England. Hamlet asks the warrior in armor about the army of the old Norwegian under the leadership of his nephew Fortinbras. and then disappears and himself. Claudia afraid to admit that they have lost Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are trying to get out, but luckily for them, the guard leads Hamlet – and saved the situation. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern must sail with Hamlet to England. Hamlet asks the warrior in armor about the army of the old Norwegian under the leadership of his nephew Fortinbras.

Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern on the ship. They, as always, are pointlessly philosophical conversation. Guildenstern says: “On the ship, a person is free.” Temporarily. “Relatively.” They take the letter of the King to England, and also accompany Hamlet. Rosencrantz hands Guildenstern hands clenched into fists, offering to guess in which hand the coin is. Guessing several times in succession and receiving a few coins, Guildenstern begins to suspect the dirty trick and demands that Rosenkrantz unclench the second fist. In it, too, is a coin. Guildenstern perplexes: what’s the point? Rosenkrantz explains: he wanted to make Guildenstern pleasant. They do not really know why they are sailing to England, what to do when they land. Rosenkrantz does not even know who is now the King of England, in response to which Guildenstern philosophically notes: “Depends on when we get there” . Rosencrantz and Guildenstern can not remember which of them has a letter, at last everything is explained, and they sigh with relief. Rosenkrantz says that he does not believe in England. “And if it even exists, there will still be only one more nonsense,” he added after a moment’s thought. They open and read a letter condemning Hamlet to death. Hamlet, hiding behind a large open umbrella, eavesdropping, and when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are asleep, a substitute letter. In the morning of the barrels standing on the deck, music is heard and the actors who have sneaked into the ship slowly come out. Their play offended the King, and they felt the best they could get out of Elsinore. Rosenkrantz explodes: all around are random accidents, do not people have the right to at least some logical course of things?! at whom from among them there is a letter, at last all is explained, and they sigh with simplification. Rosenkrantz says that he does not believe in England. “And if it even exists, there will still be only one more nonsense,” he added after a moment’s thought. They open and read a letter condemning Hamlet to death. Hamlet, hiding behind a large open umbrella, eavesdropping, and when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are asleep, a substitute letter. In the morning of the barrels standing on the deck, music is heard and the actors who have sneaked into the ship slowly come out. Their play offended the King, and they felt the best they could get out of Elsinore. Rosenkrantz explodes: all around are random accidents, do not people have the right to at least some logical course of things?! at whom from among them there is a letter, at last all is explained, and they sigh with simplification. Rosenkrantz says that he does not believe in England. “And if it even exists, there will still be only one more nonsense,” he added after a moment’s thought. They open and read a letter condemning Hamlet to death. Hamlet, hiding behind a large open umbrella, eavesdropping, and when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are asleep, a substitute letter. In the morning of the barrels standing on the deck, music is heard and the actors who have sneaked into the ship slowly come out. Their play offended the King, and they felt the best they could get out of Elsinore. Rosenkrantz explodes: all around are random accidents, do not people have the right to at least some logical course of things?! “And if it even exists, there will still be only one more nonsense,” he added after a moment’s thought. They open and read a letter condemning Hamlet to death. Hamlet, hiding behind a large open umbrella, eavesdropping, and when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are asleep, a substitute letter. In the morning of the barrels standing on the deck, music is heard and the actors who have sneaked into the ship slowly come out. Their play offended the King, and they felt the best they could get out of Elsinore. Rosenkrantz explodes: all around are random accidents, do not people have the right to at least some logical course of things?! “And if it even exists, there will still be only one more nonsense,” he added after a moment’s thought. They open and read a letter condemning Hamlet to death. Hamlet, hiding behind a large open umbrella, eavesdropping, and when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are asleep, a substitute letter. In the morning of the barrels standing on the deck, music is heard and the actors who have sneaked into the ship slowly come out. Their play offended the King, and they felt the best they could get out of Elsinore. Rosenkrantz explodes: all around are random accidents, do not people have the right to at least some logical course of things?! and when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern fall asleep, replaces the letter. In the morning of the barrels standing on the deck, music is heard and the actors who have sneaked into the ship slowly come out. Their play offended the King, and they felt the best they could get out of Elsinore. Rosenkrantz explodes: all around are random accidents, do not people have the right to at least some logical course of things?! and when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern fall asleep, replaces the letter. In the morning of the barrels standing on the deck, music is heard and the actors who have sneaked into the ship slowly come out. Their play offended the King, and they felt the best they could get out of Elsinore. Rosenkrantz explodes: all around are random accidents, do not people have the right to at least some logical course of things?!

At this moment, the ship is attacked by pirates. Hamlet hides in one barrel. Actor – in the other, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern – in the third. When the danger is over. Actor and Rosencrantz with Guildenstern are not in the barrels, where they climbed, and the barrel with Hamlet disappears. Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are at a loss, but they still have a letter that they must deliver to the English king. Guildenstern grabs a letter, opens and reads a request to immediately behead the bearers of this letter of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. At the command of the actor out of the barrel get out unknown when the other actors who got there and with a threatening ring close around Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern. Guildenstern is perplexed: “Is it all just for the sake of this? Is it really all this boon boils down to only two of our little deaths?” Experience tells the actor, that most things end in death, but Guildenstern objects: his experience is an actor’s experience, and real death is quite another. He snatches the stylet from behind the belt of the Actor and slips it into the throat of the Actor, he falls and dies. The other actors applaud with admiration, and the Actor, to Guildenstern’s amazement, gets up. He shows that his stiletto is a secret: when he is pressed, the blade goes into the handle. Actors demonstrate to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern “the death of all times and kinds.” Guildenstern says that for them everything is not so: dying is not romantic, and death is not a game that will soon end. Death is the absence of presence, the door to emptiness. First Rosencrantz, then Guildenstern disappear from sight. The scene lights up with light, in the depths of it are visible actors’ bodies, lying as at the end of Shakespeare’s play.


“Rosenkrantz and Guildenstern are dead” Stoppard in brief