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ROSENCRANTZ AND GUILDENSTERN ARE DEAD: PLOT ANALYSIS / BOOKNOTES
• Guildenstern: Do you know any good plays? (Act One, pg. 32)
• Player: Blood is compulsory--they’re all blood, you see. (Act One, pg. 33)
• Rosencrantz: I feel like a spectator--an appalling business. (Act One, pg.
• Polonius: Though this be madness, yet there is method in it. (Act One, pg.
• Rosencrantz: They know nothing of that and you know nothing of them, to
your mutual survival.
• Guildenstern: From now on reason will prevail.
• Rosencrantz: Eternity is a terrible thought. I mean, where’s it going to end?
• Player: Events must play themselves out to aesthetic, moral and logical
conclusion. (Act Two, pg. 79)
• Guildenstern: Even if I don’t know where I am, I like to know that. (Act
Two, pg. 95)
• Guildenstern: We act on scraps of information--sifting half-remembered directions
that we can hardly separate from instinct.
• Guildenstern: Well. He is a man, he is mortal, death comes to us all, etcetera
(Act Three, pg. 110)
• Player: Life is a gamble, at terrible odds--if it was a bet you wouldn’t
take it. Act Three, pg. 115)
• Rosencrantz: Couldn’t we just stay put? I mean no one is going to come on
and drag us off--(Act Three, pg. 125)
1.) Why do people keep mixing up Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
2.) Why do they mix up each other?
3.) Why did they agree to come to the castle in the first place?
4.) How does Guildenstern view Rosencrantz?
5.) What is the Player’s relationship to the two main characters?
6.) Describe Hamlet in this play, and compare him to Shakespeare’s Hamlet.
7.) What are the major differences between Rosencrantz and Guildenstern?
8.) Is Rosencrantz happy?
9.) Compare the end of the play to its beginning. What has changed?
10.) What does death mean in this play?
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