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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead


by Tom Stoppard

Analysis: Allusions

When authors refer to other great works, people, and events, it’s usually not accidental. Put on your super-sleuth hat and figure out why.

Literature and Philosophy

  • Scenes from Shakespeare's Hamlet are interspersed throughout.
  • The Rape of the Sabine Women is an episode in Plutarch's Lives (1.187)
  • Socrates (3.205)

Historical References

  • When the player references "juvenile companies" he may be talking about the groups of child actors that began to appear around Shakespeare's time (1.161)

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