Saturday, November 17, 2007

Blog Question From Fishbowl 2

What do you think Guildenstern and Rosencrantz will do in the end? Will they continue to be puppets for the King and Queen, or will they choose to be true friends and help Hamlet? What affect will their decision have on Hamlet?

24 comments:

brooksk said...

My prediction is that the two continue their back-stabbing ways and continue to act as the royalty's "puppets". This situation is turning into a war of mental games and nobody is going to stop, the king and queen will relentlessly continue analyzing and playing head games with Hamlet through his friends. I think the reason his friends will continue this is because they see it as an honor to be called upon by the royalty and they find it a privelege. Honestly, I think that their continued actions will eventually lead to the conviction of Hamlet and might even lead to his downfall as an inheritor to the throne but might also lose his life because of it. This might be a radical hypothesis, but so far in my eyes it seems as if this is perfectly set up to create a situation like this.

Samantha E said...

I think Hamlet’s friends will be friends in the end. I think this because they end up admitting to Hamlet that the King and Queen sent for them and that is the only reason they were there. If they tell will make or break Hamlet, if they side with Hamlet he will become stronger and will not be so isolated. However, if they side with the King and Queen it will be just one more thing against him and it could be the end to his world. I feel they will be true friends in the end.

Charliep said...

I also think that they we end up being friends with Hamlet. He has already uncovered the truth about why they came in the first place so as long as Hamlet forgives them they should be friends. Hamlet is going through some rough times and has no one to turn to. If he had his 2 best friends there for him it would greatly affect him for the better. Without them he we just continue to not care about his life and have nothing to live for which only causes bad things. He needs them or I don't think that good things are to come in the story.

michaelm said...

I believe that Guildenstern and Rosencrantz will end up on Hamlet’s side in the end. If they are truly Hamlet’s friends, they will begin to see why their actions are wrong and try to help Hamlet on their own, without the King and Queen. Like Sam said, after they admit that they are working for the King and Queen, they will realize how stupid they are for being “puppets” against their own friend. I believe if or when they become Hamlet’s friends, Hamlet would have someone to turn to and not feel as isolated. With people on his side, Hamlet would be stronger and have back up in his attempts of defeating the King.

JoeR said...

I believe the two friends, Guildenstern and Rosencrantz will side with Hamlet. True friends stick with each other no matter the conditions, and if Guildenstern and Rosencrantz want to prove they are true friends of Hamlet then they will join him. I agree with Sam and Michael and the idea that the two have admitted they worked for the Queen and King and feel obligated to side with Hamlet. I have continuously predicted that Hamlet will seek revenge with the help of others. Once Guildenstern and Rosencrantz join Hamlet I predict the plot to seek revenge on the king will begin. Hamlet knows he needs support to successfully overthrow the king and that is why I believe Guidenstern and Rosencrantz will join Hamlet.

ShainaT said...

I believe that Guildenstern and Rosencrantz will not help Hamlet in the end because so far they have not proven to be loyal friends to him and only came when they were requested by the king and queen

StevenD said...

I really have no clue what they will do. So far we have seen that they would not come to Hamlet's side when he needed them most and that they only came when the king and queen asked. No matter what they do, I think that Hamlet will still not accept them and forgive them; he has to convince everyone he is insane, and he is not going to stop for a pair of back stabbers.

alliem said...
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alliem said...

It's hard to tell what Guildenstern and Rosencrantz will do in the end. I noticed that they didn't seem to give a second thought at Claudius's orders to spy, and Hamlet's feelings didn't seem to cross their minds. Based on this I would have to say that Hamlets "friends" would probably choose a life of puppeting for the king. Their decision has already had an impact on Hamlet (realizing lack of trust and friendship) so if this continues things will only get worse for him. :(

brooksk said...

Joe, how have they proven to be true friends? You say that true friends stick by one another, but they just went behind Hamlet's back and obeyed the words of the King and Queen to secretly spy on him....Don't forget that Hamlet is a "tragic hero" story....

DanielC said...

I believe that Guildenstern and Rosencrantz will end up taking Hamlets side. they have known each other for most of their life and i think that they will remember where they came from and end up doing the right thing. the transformation from puppeting the king to becoming hamlet's true friend again can already be seen. they have admitted that they were working for the king and that was a huge step towards taking Hamlets side.

Emily H. said...

I think that Guildenstern and Rosencrantz will end up being true friends to Hamelt and helping him. I feel that they will serve a bigger purpose in the story than to help the king. I also believe they will assist him in his attempt to revenge the king.

rebeccar said...

I completely agree with Shaina that Guildenstern and Rosencrantz will not help Hamlet. If they were truly his friends, they would have come to Denmark before Claudius and Gertrude asked them to. If they were loyal to him, they would not have agreed to Hamlet’s parents into spying on him. And if they really cared about him rather than serving as the King’s puppet, they would not have lied about their purpose for being there. If Guildenstern and Rosencrantz have been close friends with Hamlet since childhood, why do they continually betray him? So far in the story, they have only proven to not be true friends. Why would they change now? There is too much at stake for them to start siding with the “crazy” guy now. I think they will continue to stay loyal to Claudius and the state.

jaket said...

I think that Guildenstern and Rosencrantz won't help Hamlet because they weren't there when he lost his father and the only reason they came this time was because they got bribed by the king in queen to spy on Hamlet. I don't think Hamlet will ever trust or even hang out with Guildenstern or Rosencrantz again because they've just shown Hamlet what kind of friends they really are.

ashleyb2008 said...

I feel like Rosencrantz and Guildenstern will be a puppet to the king in the beginning but they will find out what hamlet is up to and want to support his effort. Even though they came to the town because the king asked them, they will still have some belief in their best friend and want to help him in any way possible

ryanb said...

I believe that in the end Rosencrantz and Guildenstern will come to the aid of Hamlet. Although they already did betray Hamlet, their guilt at breaking such a close friends trust will most likely compel them to try to redeem themselves and stop being used by the King and Queen. Also, I think that the only reason they betrayed Hamlet to begin with was because they were being asked by the King and Queen of Denmark! It's kind of hard to say no to them.

kmckeon said...

I think in the end Rosencrantz and Guildenstern will be true friends to Hamlet. I think this because they see how alone and unhappy Hamlet is. It is devastating to everyone. They messed up by decieving Hamlet and lieing to him, but they eventually came clean. I think eventually it will be too much for them to handle and they will be on Hamlets side and help him get through this.

Kyle B. said...

I think that Hamlet's friends have filled their roles as portraying his loneliness in the world now and therefore they will no longer hold an significance for the rest of the play. They will be minor characters in the background, but I feel that they feel no remorse for betraying Hamlet and thus feel no need to support him in the future.

mattw said...

I think that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern will remain puppets to the king and queen. This prediction is based entirely on the way that Shakespeare has done his other plays. In the end, the hero is always left alone and falls alone. That's why I think that everyone will turn on Hamlet and he will be left alone to his task of killing Claudius by himself.

iains said...

I believe that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have fulfilled their duties in identifying Hamlet's feelings of solitude and isolation. I feel that their remaining time in the play is limited, and we will soon see the end of them.

Sean N said...

At first I thought that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern would be on Hamlet's side because they admitted to Hamlet's accusation. What surprised me was that they continued to report to the king and queen after their discussion with Hamlet. I expected them to abandon their task. Maybe they won't be at Hamlet's side in the end. They will choose money over friendship. Perhaps Hamlet is meant to stand alone against the rest of Denmark. Distrust has been a major theme so far and I expect it will continue.

samt said...

It is obviously seen that both Guildenstern and Rosencrantz are very easily manipulated. First, they are called upon by the king to spy on Hamlet and easily conform to the King’s desires. After this, Hamlet manipulates them to tell him the truth. I think this shows that whatever seems best fit at the time is going to be what Guildenstern and Rosencrantz will conform to. I think in the end, if Claudius gives them a good enough offer they will easily succumb to it and follow through with the King’s desires.

courtneyw said...

My prediction is that they will still be the puppets and not be true friends to Hamlet. They probably think that if they act like puppets they will get something. They will always think about themselves and not care about what is going on with Hamlet. The affect they will have on Hamlet is that he will become less trusting towards his friends because he got back staabbed.

MilendaN. said...

If Rosencrantz and Guildenstern chose to be good friends and help Hamlet they woudn't have obeyed the King and Queens order in the first place. But I don't know if they really care after all about their friendship with Hamlet. They might change along the way. And if they do then they might realize that what they did was wrong and they need to be on Hamlet's side because their friendship is more important and that could be the possibility of them helping Hamlet.
Their decision can affect Hamlet in both ways. It can either make him weak or make him stronger. But I think that it won't really affect him too much because he's kind of doing everything right now all by himself. But it will be good if they were on Hamlet's side and will help him out so that there is atleast someone who will have his back.