Is Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead a tragedy or a comedy or something in between?    

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The element of tragedy is there but indirectly because it is based on a tragedy: Hamlet. This play is a comedy and a parody. Even when Rosencrantz and Guildenstern become serious and adopt the serious style more characteristic of Shakespeare's (and Hamlet's) language, this also sounds comical because it seems fake and a desperate attempt by Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to fit in with Shakespeare's characters. So, the play might seem like some hybrid of tragedy and comedy but since it is an outright parody of a serious play, it is actually more comedic than tragic. 

Even the allusion to Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot , which is serious in being an homage, is humorous because it comes across like an inside joke. At the beginning of the play,...

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