Day 4

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    Why is it significant that Rosencrantz mistakes Guildenstern's leg for his own?

    Students should discuss the loss of identity that has become ever more pronounced for the two men. When Rosencrantz believes his leg is dead because he can't feel it, he's exploring the concept of death as a whole. How do you determine that you're dead? As Guildenstern indicates, if you can think and talk, perhaps you aren't dead. Or perhaps that part of yourself you think is dead was never part of you in the first place.

  2. 2

    What meaning has Tom Stoppard put into Guildenstern's line "I think I'll spend most of my life on boats"?

    Stoppard is foreshadowing the inevitable end. In...

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