Summary: Hamlet Act V Scene I and II

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Summary: Act V, Scene i, opens up two gravediggers shoveling up a grave for Ophelia. While digging the hole the two grave men argue whether or not Ophelia should have a Christian burial since her passing seemed like a suicide, which was outlawed during that time. After the first gravedigger asks the second gravedigger a riddle, Hamlet and Horatio enter the scene watching the men dig up a grave. When looking at the men dig up the old grave for a new grave Hamlet deeply wonders what kind of career the skull had that was buried in the old gravesite “Why may not that be the skull of a lawyer? “(V.i.91). When Hamlet approaches one of the gravedigger he questions them about whose grave they are digging. At first the men lie to Hamlet and tell him it is there grave since they are digging it but then the men tell Hamlet it is neither for a living man or woman because the person living in the grave will be dead. At last the gravedigger admits to Hamlet that the grave will be for one “that was a woman sir; but, rest her soul, she’s dead” (V.i.146). When Hamlet asks the gravedigger how long he has been a gravedigger the man responds to him and tells him he has been digging up graves sing the late King Hamlet defeated the old Fortinbras in battle, which was the day the young Hamlet was born. Hamlet then picks up a skull that belonged to Yorick , the late King Hamlet’s jester, Hamlet then goes on to tell Horatio stories about what he and Yorick use to do when he was a child. Hamlet then realizes that all men even great men like Julius Cesar and Alexander Hamilton will eventually become dust use to patch up a wall. Suddenly, the funeral beginnings for Ophelia and Laertes, Claudius, Gertrude, and many mourning courtiers enter the scene. Hamlet wonders who has died and notices that the dead man or woman has killed them self. Horatio and Hamlet then hide as everyone else approaches the grave. At the same time, Laertes argues with the priest telling him that his sister should be...
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