Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead | Study Guide

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Timeline of Events

  • Elizabethan times

    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are summoned.

    Act 1
  • Later

    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern meet the Player.

    Act 1
  • Scene change

    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are told to spy on Hamlet.

    Act 1
  • Act break

    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern fail to glean any information.

    Act 2
  • Later

    Hamlet calls off the wedding.

    Act 2
  • Later

    The royal play The Murder of Gonzago is performed.

    Act 2
  • Scene change

    Hamlet kills Polonius.

    Act 2
  • Act break

    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern take Hamlet to England.

    Act 3
  • Later

    The contents of the letter sentencing Hamlet to death are revealed.

    Act 3
  • That evening

    Hamlet switches letter with another one.

    Act 3
  • Next day

    A new letter sentences Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to death.

    Act 3
  • Later

    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern accept their fates.

    Act 3
  • Later

    Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are pronounced dead.

    Act 3

Act Summaries Chart

Act Summary
Act 1 Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, described simply as "two Elizabethans," are passing the time betting on the toss of a coin... Read More
Act 2 The action of Act 2 begins where Act 1 ended. Hamlet, Rosencrantz, and Guildenstern are talking. Their conversation is i... Read More
Act 3 The final act opens in pitch darkness. The scene description is vague as usual and offers only "soft sea sounds" to orie... Read More
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