Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

by Tom Stoppard

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What is the importance of Rosencrantz?

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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are merely plot devices, minor characters, in Shakespear's Hamlet. In Stoppard's play, however, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern become the most important part of the story, with the rest of the cast in supporting roles. It's a hilarious farce and an interesting treatment on fate, since one knows that Rosencratz and Guildernstern must die, since they die in Hamlet.

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