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Fate in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead Topic 2 Player theres a design at work in all art surely you know that Events must play themselves out to an aesthetic moral and logical conclusion 24 Fate is an idea explored frequently by William Shakespeare in his literary works and by many other famous tragedy writers Even though Tom Stoppards play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead is a Shakespeare spoof the idea of fate operates throughout the play This thematic idea is introduced by a coin toss that seems to defy probability and operates solely on fate The fate of the coin toss is symbolic of Stoppards two muddled main characters Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and their fate While traveling on a journey although unaware of their destination Rosencrantz or is it Guildenstern stops to pick up a coin Here begins the idea of fate and its symbolism to Rosencrantz and Guildenstern It was purely an act of fate that Rosencrantz stopped in the middle of a very important journey to pick up an unimportant coin Fate continues to work through the coin causing the toss to end up heads 156 times in a row Guildenstern A weaker man might be moved to reexamine his faith if in nothing else at least in the law of probability 13 But Rosencrantz and Guildenstern dont have to reexamine their faith they accept their fate and the fate of the coin toss blindly The fate of the coin doesnt change until Rosencrantz bets with the Player that the coin will be heads then for the first time the coin turns up tails As a favor to the king Rosencrantz and Guildenstern get on a ship to transport Hamlet to his death in England Guildenstern Where we went wrong was getting on a boat We can move of course change direction rattle about but our movement is contained within a larger one that carries us
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