The Significance of the Coin Flips in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

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The Significance of the Coin Flips in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern

At the beginning of the play "Rosencrantz and Guildensten," one of the two characters found a gold coin during their journey through the desert. He immediately began to flip the coin to see what side it would land on. By the seventh flip, two tails turned up. Every flip after was heads. The characters fliped the coin over 157 times, and they each after the seventh flip turned up heads. The significance of the coin flips in this play was not ever specified within the storyline. However, with a closer look, one can recognize the significanceit had in the plot. The coin flips warned, foreshadowed and carried of a message about probability.

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Because they did not heed to the warning, they subsequently arranged their own downfall. The incident with the coin flips, in turn cause the reader not to sympathize with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern at the conclusion of the narrative. Other reasons the reader may not sympathize is because of the characters' unfaithfulness to their friend Hamlet. This is another way the coin flips tie into Rosencrantz and Guildenstern's downfall. From the principles of probability, one would expect for heads to turn up in so many amount of coin flips fifty percent of the time. The fact that it did not signifies the event's unfaithfulness to the rules of probability. This reflects Rosencrantz and Guildenstern's unloyalty to Hamlet. They were like fools to ignore the event that was as conspicuous as a red light. Consequently, they died a fool's death.

The coin flips also represented fate and inevitability. No matter now many times they flipped the coin, they knew it would turn out to be heads. This is also linked to the character's fate because the results of the event would not change.. It also creates a sense of the inevitable because no matter the condition, the coin seemed to forever, turn out heads. At the point where Rosencrantz and Guildenstern made a bet that the coin would turn out heads, the fact that it turned out tails represented a no win senario for the men. Heads which also starts

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