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Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Three Act Plot Analysis

By Tom Stoppard

Three Act Plot Analysis

Act I

The point of no return is when Claudius asks Ros and Guil to figure out what is wrong with Hamlet and they agree without hesitation.

Act II

There are many points when Ros and Guil are far from resolution, but perhaps the most striking is when the two are lying in the dark on the boat in Act Three, not even sure if they are still alive.


This takes us to the end of the play. Hamlet switches the letter so that it condemns Ros and Guil to death, and their fate becomes increasingly apparent.