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___________________________Hamlet by Shakespeare

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Hamlet

 

Act Five, Scene One

Hamlet and Horatio come across two gravediggers preparing Ophelia’s tomb. Hamlet talks to them concerning the nature of life and death. Examining skulls uncovered by the gravediggers he is saddened to find that of Yorick, the fool who so amused him in his childhood.

The funeral cortege arrives. Laertes curses whom he considers the assassin of his sister and jumps into the grave. Hamlet joins him there and they fight. They are separated and before leaving Hamlet shouts of his love for Ophelia.

 

Act Five, Scene Two

Hamlet tells Horatio how he was able to substitute for a letter from the king asking the English authorities to execute him another demanding the execution of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, the bearers of the message. Next he tries to effect a reconciliation with Laertes and offers him apologies for having wronged him. Osric, a courtier, enters to ensure that Hamlet takes part in the duel. Laertes had seemed ready to accept Hamlet’s friendship but now insists that they fight each other; Hamlet accepts the challenge and the duel begins. After the first exchanges and parries the king offers the poisoned goblet to Hamlet, who puts it aside. Hamlet carries the opening exchanges and the queen drinks to his health from the poisoned goblet.

In the following chaos both duelist are wounded by the poisoned sword, the queen dies and Laertes reveals the plot concocted by himself and the king. Hamlet throws himself on the king and stabs him with the poisoned sword before finishing him by forcing him to drink from the deadly goblet. Laertes dies after a reconciliation with Hamlet. Horatio also wants to drink from the goblet but Hamlet dissuades him, charging him with telling the story of the tragedy.

At that moment Fortinbras arrives from Poland and Hamlet expresses his wish that the prince of Norway should rule Denmark. He dies in his turn. The ambassadors arrive and announce the execution of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. Fortinbras orders that Hamlet be given funeral honors.


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