Although I officially answered question number 3 with a clever quote at the end of my essay, I couldn’t help but reply briefly to question number 1:
“Both Hamlet and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead are largely male-centric plays in which women are largely ignored. In fact, the eponymous heroes of both plays seem to be less interested in the female characters and more interested in their male companions! However, while Shakespeare uses homosexual and incestual subtext in order to comment on the role of women and their place in societal values, Stoppard uses the subtextual romance between Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to imply that, in an absurd world, love makes everything worthwhile.
I SHIP IT SO FUCKING HARD.”