Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead Character Descriptions

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Character Descriptions

Alfred - He is a small boy, one of the six tragedians, who is forced to play the feminine roles in drag and finds his cross-dressing very humiliating.

Ambassador - He appears in both plays at the end to announce that the orders to execute Rosencrantz and Guildenstern have been carried out.

Claudius - Hamlet's uncle, he secretly murders Hamlet's father, marries Hamlet's mother, and sends for Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to gather information on Hamlet.

Gertrude - In both Shakespeare's and Stoppard's plays, she is Hamlet's mother and the new wife of King Claudius.

Guildenstern - The more philosophical and intellectual of the two courtiers who double as minor characters in Shakespeare's play and major characters in Stoppard's.

Hamlet - This hero of Shakespeare's tragedy is a relatively minor character in Stoppard's play, where he drifts in and out performing actions and speaking lines from his classic...

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