Impossibility Of Certainty Essay

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The Impossibility of Certainty relating to Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead By: Isaiah Thomas Kolundzic The central theme revolving around Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is the impossibility of certainty. In Hamlet, the action and consequence the audience is expecting to happen is continually pushed off by the main character in order to gain more certain justification for what he is doing. The same concept is shown in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead with both characters not able to make meaningful choices due to the uncertainty of the overwhelming confusion of the world around them. Both plays approach this issue from different angles. Hamlet attempts to question the resources of information that we take for granted. Can Claudius or Hamlet truly know what the other is thinking based on the behavior of one another? How can we be certain of the facts of a crime that has no witnesses? How does anyone know anything about death and the afterlife? The play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead takes a different angle than seeking certainty in one’s actions, instead trying to understand others certainty without justification. Both characters spend the entirety of the play in utter confusion to the world around them as they are unable to make significant choices in their lives. Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead both have a centralized theme of the impossibility of certainty explored in two different theatrical angles. The incomprehensibility of the world around the characters in Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead allows them to directly question the certainty of their actions. Hamlet cannot understand the actions of the characters around him as he is the only character in need of certainty to allow him to act. Other characters in Hamlet act as they feel is appropriate for their situation taking

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