Ross and Guil Are Dead Summary

Paper Rating: Word Count: 4316 Approx Pages: 17

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are two well-dressed Elizabethan

men in the middle of a coin-spinning game. Their location is

featureless. Whoever calls the coin correctly wins it, and

Rosencrantz has been calling heads and winning dozens of

times. While he feels guilty about taking so much money from

his friend, he does not see the consistent "heads" tosses as

peculiar at all. Conversely, Guildenstern doesn't care about the

money, but he is disturbed by the lengthening series of "heads"

tosses. Rosencrantz is caught up in the game, but Guildenstern

wants to think about it theoretically. He begins thinking about

the laws of probability, focusing on the idea that if six monkeys

were thrown up in the air repeatedly, they would land on their

heads and tails about equally often. He tries to calculate the idea

of an "even chance" in his head: he just can't believe that the

coin could land heads-up so many times in a row if there was a

fifty-fifty chance each time that it would land tails. Rosencrantz,

however, continues to be embarrassed at his success, calling it

"boring," which irritates Guildenstern, who is very inter

This Essay is Approved by Our Editor

Page 1 of 17 Next >

Related Essays