Study Guide

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Allusions

By Tom Stoppard


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Historical References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)