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Normally a writer would not say whether or not they have been directly influenced by another writer or playwright. When you really read their job however, it will become clear that some authors share common opinions on particular subjects or admire another writer or playwright so much that their own style starts to immediately reflect the work of another one. I believe this is the same connection shared with the contemporary dramatists and absurdist writers Tom Stoppard and Samuel Beckett. The link between these two writers is clearly shown through the study of Waiting for Godot and Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, from Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Are Extremely like Beckett's personalities Vladimir and Estragon. Their beliefs and behaviour clearly show this. Stoppard's characters parallel Beckett's by inheriting their failing memory, confused identity, doubt, lack of decision making abilities, and even the usage of verbal sport playing to pass time. Much like Vladimir and Estragon, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern seem to be unsure of their own individuality and especially their own destiny. The two sets of characters are constantly searching for answers. In Waiting for Godot, Didi and Gogo are waiting with constant frustration and doubt for potential answers to life's questions. They believe that Godot may hold the responses. They pretty much can not, and don't, make decisions for themselves; instead they'd rather wait and watch what Godot would perform. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are trying to comprehend the significance of the events that they find out are really carrying them for their own deaths. They exist in an atmosphere of uncertainty and confusion. They are basically two personalities lost...

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