HONORS PS1500 - Physics in the Plays of Tom Stoppard
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead, Act 2, p. 55 - 76 --- Questions for Discussion
What does the "looking for South" dialogue on pp 58, 59 say about R&G's different approaches to understanding the world? What can you say about their individual successes?
What is Guil= s speech on p 60 ("Wheels have been set in motion ...") about?
Can we make progress without memory? What do Guil= s lines on p 61 (A We cross our bridges when we come to them ...@ ) say about this?
Comment on Ros= idea of death and his attitude toward it (p 70).
Acting Assignments for R&G Are Dead
1. Act 2, pp. 56 - 60 (Two parts: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern)
Starts with Guil: Hm?
Ends with Guil: Envy him; in his two-fold security.
2. Act 2, pp. 66 - 69 (Three parts: Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, Player)
Starts with Guil: But for God= s sake what are we supposed to do?!
Ends with Ros: Ha! It= s beginning to make sense! Unrequited passion!
3. Act 2, pp. 70 - 72 (Two parts: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern)
Starts with Guil: Yes, one must think of the future.
Ends with Guil: Death followed by eternity ... the worst of both worlds. It is a terrible thought.
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