Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Chapter Abstracts for Teachers

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* The play opens with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern playing a gambling game with coins.

* The coins always come up heads and Rosencrantz wins.

* Guildenstern tries to analyze what is going on, but Rosencrantz is simply enjoying himself.

* Guildenstern begins to show a great deal of apprehension.

* The two men get into a conflict regarding the game.

* Guildenstern is not concerned about losing, but he is perturbed that Rosencrantz does not notice the obvious.

* Rosencrantz avers that if he were losing, he would definitely examine the coins.

* Guildenstern is comforted that that self-interest is still predictable, even if the laws of probability seem to have been suspended.

* The conversation turns to fear and Rosencrantz does not understand why they are talking about it.

* Guildenstern gives a hint that he is worried about their safety.

* The game continues with the same results and Guildenstern continues to rationalize it...

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