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In Stoppards play Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead there are many allusions to the play Hamlet which contribute to the meaning of the play and helps the reader better understand what is happening In the tragedy Hamlet Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are two very minor characters whom the reader hardly hears from throughout the course of the play However in Rosen crantz and Guildenstern are Dead those two minor characters turn into the main characters and the play is told from their point of view using an abundance of slapstickAbbot and Costello come dy The three most prevalent allusions within the play are both plays contained a disorder theme however it is greatly enhanced within Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead in Hamlet Rosen crantz and Guildenstern seemed like one character with two voices but in the second play they are two different characters with two different voices and in Hamlet there were very few light scenes while Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead was full of slapstick humor In Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead the disorder theme is greatly enhanced throughout the play The first example of disorder is the impossible run of heads while Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are flipping coins Heads The process is re peated Heads Heads Heads a weaker man might be moved to re-examine his faith if in nothing else at least in the law of probability Heads pg 11-12 Ros and Guil had been flipping 7 3 Shcoins for a good part of the day and every time the coins came up a heads It was an impossible occurrence of heads which adds to the disorder theme and how everything went haywire after the messenger came Another example of the disorder
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