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An Analysis of the Use of Earlier Text - Hamlet by William Shakespeare to Compose a Contemporary Text Rosencrantz and Guildernstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard
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How has the composer of the contemporary text used the earlier text to say something new Answer the question in relation to the two prescribed texts that you have studied The author Tom Stoppard of Rosencrantz and Guildernstern are Dead has re-contextualised parts of the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare to make a post-modern play Tom Stoppard has appropriated characters and issues from the play Hamlet and introduced the same topics into his version of the epic tale creating Rosencrantz and Guildernstern are dead although staying within the boundaries set in Hamlet Stoppard has changed the context to modern times and introduced the issues found in that subsequent period Stoppard shows this to us through the characters Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildernstern issues such as Death Illusion verses reality etc and through dramatic techniques structure and language In the two plays the context in which it is written in plays a large part towards the way the characters act feel and what they believe in William Shakespears play was written during the 1600s therefore religion and mans role and heirachy played a large part in the way the characters behaved Tom Stoppards play is very postmodern and the characters no longer rely heavily on religion but science which ultimately affects the characters Hamlet as we saw him in the play Hamlet by Shakespeare can be described as the protagonist the centre of the universe who is reluctant to fulfill his appointed office as revenger which his fate cries out Lord Hamlet is a prince out of thy star In this play Hamlet is the main character he is prince and a royal which is quite common in the plays found during this era As an audience we see Hamlet through the abundance of soliloquies found in the original text which show us the true Hamlet without these we would see Hamlet in a whole new light seeing only the sly mad and
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