For those of you who don’t know, absurdism is a term used to describe certain types of literature. It is described as focusing “on the experiences of characters in situations where they cannot find any inherent purpose in life, most often represented by ultimately meaningless actions and events that call into question the certainty of existential concepts such as truth or value.” Though the genre does not appeal to everyone, it certainly does to many. One of my favorite works of absurdism is a play by Stoppard titled Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. As the name suggests, the play focuses on the two minor characters in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. What I find interesting about this piece is that it plays with complex themes while simultaneously weaving in a good helping of humor. If you have already read this play and would like to read similar content another recommendation for fans of absurdism include Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett, or the short The Philedelphia by David Ives.