Discuss Hamlet by Shakespeare & Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead by Stoppard

Hamlet is one of my favorite plays.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead is one of the most famous plays *about* or *in homage* to one of my favorite plays.

Both are two of the most famous plays EVAH written.

Let's read them together and discuss great drama and meta-drama, shall we?

Maybe we can make poisoned wine to drink (that isn't really poisoned) and all bring skulls of our favorite clowns, too. What do you think?

Also, I do believe it would be a good and fitting idea to eat cream cheese Danishes during this discussion. GET IT DANISH? HAR HAR HAR.

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  • Chris K.

    Really great discussion tonight! All contributed and it was fun to hear Pilar's point of view. :)

    1 · February 21, 2013

  • Pilar R.

    Thank you for the great discussion tonight! Discussing Hamlet Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead was enlightening, thought provoking, and lots of fun! I had a sweet time :)

    February 21, 2013

  • Nancy J

    Sorry - have not had time to keep up on the reading.

    February 18, 2013

  • Linda

    I didn't have time to reread these just now.

    February 18, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    That would be a passionate discussion for me, indeed, if I can make it. However, I'm not sure I belong in this one: I've too recently endured the wrath of blue-hair harpies over my non-traditional views on Hamlet.

    I see Claudius as actually more admirable than Hamlet and see the play more as a conflict between two tragic heroes (just that we catch Claudius, effectively, in Act III of his own tragedy), rather than the conventional good guy vs bad guy notions. I don't like Hamlet (the character), whereas I think Claudius is an able king, too oft misrepresented as a drunk by presumptuous directors. Hamlet, on the other hand is just your middle aged (you do realize he is 29-33 years old--back then?!) professional student. Claudius is self-honest; Hamlet is self-glorifying. Claudius has true love and compassion. Hamlet doesn't seem to care about anyone (living, I mean). So, you see, this is generally a hard place from which to start.

    February 12, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok, 'den... we shall. sn't it odd that so many miss Hamlet's flaws. My mom was totally in love with him. Most try to put Claudius in with the villains of the other 3 biggies and he just doesn't fit. Iago could never love as Claudius seems to care for Gertrude, Macbeth was just rabid from I.ii, and Edmund, well he was a vengeful, child who wanted to destroy his parent--who does that remind you of? No, Claudius seems more like the good intentions of Machiavelli.

      February 13, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      uh...I hit the send button too, but I'll leave off there.

      February 13, 2013

  • Chuck N

    prior commitment

    January 9, 2013

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