Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Essay

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Nienhuis is an associate professor of English at Western Carolina University. In this essay he postulates that Stoppard's themes of uncertainty and confusion make his play appealing to twentieth century audiences who easily identify with his characters' doubts and fears.

The Twentieth Century could easily be summed up as an Age of Uncertainty. When it began, nearly one hundred years ago, religious certitude was already eroding, and the process has continued steadily as we approach the twenty-first Century, leaving many more human beings unsure about the existence of an all-powerful, all-knowing, and all-loving divine being who guarantees the order and rationality of the universe. Two unprecedented world wars and the unleashing of atomic weapons have even made us uncertain about the continued existence of the planet. And the highly influential Freud has subtly contributed to our uncertainty with his essential message that much of what motivates us remains...

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