Guildenstern is a childhood friend of Hamlet’s, inseparable from Rosencrantz.
Quieter than the latter, he adds to his pronouncements, and is honest enough to admit that he and Rosencrantz were sent for. He makes certain that he is not overshadowed by his companion, and is willing to tell Hamlet to make sense. He is slightly less of a crawler than is Rosencrantz, and does not know how to play the recorder. He accompanies Hamlet on his ship to England, continues after Hamlet is captured by pirates, and has his head chopped off on arrival.