The typical way for writers to tell a story is for them to have well developed primary characters. It goes without saying that many of us can recall our favorite primary characters without batting an eye. Amongst the most famous examples include Sherlock Holmes, Harry Potter, and Tom Sawyer. These characters have survived the test of time and are often associated with some of the most impressive and influential stories of all time. Many stories, including Hamlet, however use minor characters in order to tell important parts of the story that may affect the main character, but the main character may not be a part of it. Many famous minor characters that were important to the overall story include Dr. Watson from Sherlock Holmes often being a more sophisticated compliment to Holmes' character, Severus Snape from the Harry Potter series, serving as an antagonistic force in Harry's life that often coerces him into certain action, and Huckleberry Finn from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, often aiding Tom Sawyer in his outings and misadventures. Some of these minor characters play such powerful roles, their own creators have made stories that put them in the role of main characters. The characters Rosencrantz, Guildenstern, Fortinbras, and the gravedigger all play important roles in Hamlet, even though they don’t have many appearances in the play and are the perfect examples of minor characters who play an important role in the plot of a literary work.
Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, the first set of characters, play an incredibly important part in Hamlet, as they are involved in the development of a theme that is incredibly important to the character of Hamlet, as well as the plot as the actions of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern continue to increase Hamlet's feeling of being trapped in Denmark and a prisoner of his own internal struggles. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and major components to the play because of the job of escorting Hamlet to England they...
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