Hamlet, Act 5

Ophelia should be buried in the churchyard, since her death looks like a suicide. In the churchyard, two gravediggers shovel out a grave for Ophelia and they argue whether…
King Hamlet defeated the elder Fortinbras in battle, the very day on which young Prince Hamlet was born. The gravedigger, who does not recognize Hamlet as the prince, tells him that he has been a gravedigger since..
Yorick, King Hamlet’s jester. Hamlet picks up a skull, and the gravedigger tells him that the skull belonged to…
took his or her own life. Hamlet, wondering who has died, notices that the funeral rites seem “maimed,” indicating that the dead man or woman..
Claudius, Gertrude, Laertes, and many mourning courtiers enter the graveyard. Hamlet and Horatio hide as…
says that to give Ophelia a proper Christian burial would profane the dead since she committed suicide. Laertes becomes infuriated with the priest because he…
his love for Ophelia. Hamlet realizes Ophelia is the one being buried and he jumps out from hiding and declares..
he would eat a crocodile for her, he would be buried alive with her. Hamlet cries that he would do things for Ophelia that Laertes could not dream of, such as–
He replaced the sealed letter carried by the unsuspecting Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, which called for Hamlet’s execution, with one calling for the execution of the bearers of the letter—Rosencrantz and Guildenstern themselves. Hamlet tells Horatio how he plotted to overcome Claudius’s scheme to have him murdered in England:
Osric: a foolish courtier who tries to flatter Hamlet by agreeing with everything Hamlet says.
wants Hamlet to fence with Laertes and that the king has made a wager with Laertes that Hamlet will win. Osric has come to tell Hamlet that Claudius..
his madness, and not his own will, that caused him to wrong Laertes Hamlet asks Laertes for forgiveness before the fight, claiming that it was…
Laertes says that he will not forgive Hamlet until an elder has advised him in the matter. But, in the meantime, he says, he will accept Hamlet’s offer of love. Laertes’s reaction to Hamlet’s apology:
drink to Hamlet’s health, then throw into the cup a valuable gem (actually the poison) and give the wine to Hamlet. Claudius says that if Hamlet wins the first or second hit, he will…
his mother drinks from the cup. Hamlet strikes Laertes again but declines to drink from the poisoned cup so instead..
she does so anyway and is too late. The king tells the queen not to drink, but..
wounds Laertes with Laertes’ own blade. Laertes wounds Hamlet with the poisoned sword and Hamlet also…
Laertes, poisoned by his own sword, declares.. “I am justly kill’d with my own treachery”.
must have been poisoned, calls out to Hamlet, and then dies. The queen moans that the cup..
is to blame both for the poison on the sword and for the poison in the cup. Laertes tells Hamlet that he, too, has been slain, by his own poisoned sword, and that the king…
Hamlet runs him through with the poisoned sword and forces him to drink down the rest of the poisoned wine. What happens to Claudius?
stay alive to tell his story and that he wishes Fortinbras to be made King of Denmark. Hamlet tells Horatio that he is dying and urges his friend not to commit suicide, but instead to..
Fortinbras Who comes to Elsinore and takes over rule of the Denmark?
Hamlet: our control over our ends is limited; there are greater powers determining what happens to us “there’s a divinity that shapes our ends, rough-hew them how we will”
Fortinbras–expressing that what has happened at Elsinore is wrong and regretful. This shows that Fortinbras understands that violence belongs on the battlefield, not in personal vendettas. “Such a sight as this becomes the field but here shows much amiss.”

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