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The process of transformation involves much more than just the adaptation of ideas and form to contemporary audiences Discuss this statement in relation to Shakespeares Hamlet and Tom Stoppards Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead The process of transformation of William Shakespeares Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead by Tom Stoppard involved more than just the adaptation of ideas and form to contemporary audience As a writer Stoppard also added original themes changed character personalities and included modern allusions and philosophical theories to create meaning for a contemporary audience It can be seen that the transformation from Hamlet to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead involved much more than just the adaptation of ideas and form to contemporary audiences Tom Stoppard added original themes which were not present in the original text Hamlet One such theme is the nature of theatre Theatre as a theme was not discussed in Hamlet but was brought up by The Player in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead During The Players dress rehearsal of the Murder of Gonzago Guildenstern tells The Player that actors are the mechanics of cheap melodrama and that you die so many times how can you expect them to believe in your death Guildensterns statement is a direct reference to theatre and raises the issue of actors and the truth to which The Player replies that the melodramatic death is the only kind they do believe The Player goes on to tell how he had someone condemned to death actually be hung on stage as part of the act but he just wasnt convincing It was impossible to suspend ones disbelief The Players retort argues that in theatre the audience is so used to melodrama that the truth is no longer convincing and that the audience wants more than the truth Statements such as these are important as they involve the audience who are participants of the theatre This is one theme which is explored
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