Document Type

Junior Honorable Mention

Award Date

Spring 2010

Course Name

Modern Theater


Margaret Cain


When Samuel Beckett wrote his tragicomedy Waiting for Godot in France, the French nation was in turmoil due to the destructiveness of World War II. One generation later, an American named Tom Stoppard also wrote a play, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, during a time of crisis; the United States was in utter confusion because of the Vietnam War. Both of these plays, as a result of the tumultuous times in which they were created, demonstrated how confusion in one’s surroundings can cause a loss of certainty and identity.

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