AuthorName: Tom Stoppard
Eras: CONTEMPORARY, 1951-2000
Age Range: 20s - Early, 20s - Late
Dialects: Standard English
PlayName: Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead
Rating: Suitable for all ages
Copyright Status: Copyrighted
Rosencrantz (from Shakespeare's Hamlet) is a rather vapid character who manages to discuss the more existential points and questions of life with is friend Guildenstern throughout the play. This monologue is in response to Guildenstern's question of whether Rosencrantz ever thinks of himself as actually dead, and is both funny and thought-provoking.