Sunday, January 16, 2011

II.ii. New Arrivals - Classics Illustrated

The originalWe don't learn much about Rosencrantz & Guildenstern in the original Classics Illustrated upon meeting them, only that they are two of Hamlet's friends and that they have been called to help find the cause of Hamlet's strange behavior. One dresses in green, the other in blue. They do not reappear until after the play within a play and are basically used only as escorts for Hamlet to England. Their inclusion here, without having them board Hamlet and drawing the "What a piece of work is a man" speech, is a complete waste.

The Berkley version does not include this first meeting with R&G, but does have them boarding Hamlet as false friends later in the scene.

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