Study Guide

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Characters

By Tom Stoppard

Guildenstern (Guil)

If Guil were Batman, Ros would definitely be Robin. Guil is clearly the leader and Ros is the...

Rosencrantz (Ros)

Ros identifies Guil as the dominant personality. Ros is very open about his reliance on Guil....

The Player

The Player is the leader of the Tragedians. He is "just" an actor, but he seems to be more in...

Hamlet

Hamlet, the title character of Shakespeare's tragedy, here gets a minor role. It's as if the play...

Claudius

Claudius is the new King of Denmark, and Hamlet's uncle. He is not a nice guy – he poisoned...

Gertrude

Gertrude has a very minor role here. She is Hamlet's mother, who has married his uncle after her...

Alfred

Alfred is the only character amidst the Tragedians. He is often emasculated, and the Player plans...

Ophelia

Ophelia is a super minor character here. She is the daughter of Polonius, and Hamlet may or may...

Polonius

Polonius is Ophelia's father and Claudius's advisor. He does Claudius's bidding, doesn't seem...

Horatio

Horatio (in Hamlet) is Hamlet's friend and confidante. He believes him even when others are...