• April 25th, 2016

English in Drama: Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.”

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This week we’ll be watching and critiquing Tom Stoppard’s “Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead.” The assignments for this unit are:
1.Read the commentary below.
2.View the film of the play. (Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead)
3.Come up with several discussion questions. (see below)

These questions can come in many different forms. There are no rules and regulations. For example, after viewing “Hamlet,” we could have asked a multitude of questions, based on the responses I received on our Discussion Boards. Amongst them could have been:

1. Why does it take Hamlet so long to act on his promise of revenge?

2. What’s up with Mel Gibson’s Hamlet and his mom?

3. Why is our society so obsessed with Shakespeare? I never really got into him.

4. Why are we as a people often our own worst enemy?

5. Why does it seem that every heroic act is doomed to failure?

6. Would Denmark have been a better Kingdom if ruled by Hamlet instead of Claudius?

As you can see, these questions are all over the place. The first question deals directly with the play itself and the hard core cirtical interpretations you’ve probably gotten used to throughout your education. The second question deals with the specfic rendition you were asked to view, and not directly with the play. The third question deals with the education system itself. The fourth and fifth questions deal with ourselves, reflecting on questions inspired by the text or rendition of the work you experienced. And finally, the fifth deals with a speculative hypothosis stemming from the text or rendition.

All are vital and necessary. Again, there are no rules, so watch the film, and come up with some questions that you think can provide a fine discussion. I’ll be selecting some of the best and away we go.

Assignment:
After you view the film this week, please provide Discussion Questions, based on the rudiments offered above.

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