William Shakespeare’s Hamlet is a classic play that deals with a conflict and howthe main character attempts to solve the conflict. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is a spinoff of Hamlet where thecharacters have to deal with many conflicts while concurrently trying to figureout how and why these conflicts are occurring. The world in Hamlet is depicted as chaotic and troubling, but with Hamlet still incontrol and able to make decisions toward determining his fate. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead is also very chaotic, but the charactershave absolutely no control over their lives and are allowed no information orpersonal input about what will happen to them next. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s strange encounters play up and exaggeratewhat Hamlet goes through in his story, seen from a different, morecomplicated, and less involved viewpoint. By doing so the audience, assuming they have read or viewed both versions, may be able to understand and observe both texts in a new light. Both plays involve much confusion, but the contexts of these confusions vary significantly. In Hamlet, the audience mostly sees Prince Hamlet trying to accept the idea of his father’s murder and figure out a way to deal with it.Until the end of act 2, he is very confused of what his course of action will be.He eventually does resolve it when he decides that “The play’s the thing where in he’ll catch the conscience of the king”.In Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are confused about every single aspect of their lives, so much so that they are not even certain about their own identities.During their game of questions they ask each other things such as “What in the hell is going on?”, “Who do you think you are?”, and “What’s your name?” to try and defeat their confusion.They eventually do discover which one is which, but the rest of their journey remains mostly unexplained to them. Hamlet presents a world of confusion with a possible solution. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead presents a world of extreme confusion with no opportunity for clarity.