Name: Steven P Sanderson II Date: 10-22-06 Class: Introduction to Literature Professor: M. R.

Garcia Final analysis of Hamlet Here in act 5 we start off observing two gravediggers who were known as “clowns” Gravediggers are known for their work with the dead are surprisingly upbeat and I think this has to do with how they are able to detach themselves from other people. The gravediggers in this act discuss Ophelia’s being buried in Christian ground since in that time, I honestly don’t know about today, but then a suicide a murderer or an excommunicate could not be buried in ‘blessed’ ground. The rumors that are going around are that Ophelia had killed herself and the age old tale of the rich being able to do as they please comes up between the gravediggers. They talk to each other about if she had been a commoner there would be no question, she would be buried in non blessed grounds. It is fascinating to see how Hamlet views the dead as being as corrupt as the living and how he is soothed over this. When Hamlet and Horatio are at the grave yard a funeral procession comes and they decide to hide and see who it is. They hear Laretes objecting to the abbreviated funeral services. Hamlet then realizes that they have come to bury Ophelia and then becomes very emotional. It is here that we can see that Hamlet did actually have feelings for Ophelia. Hamlet can no longer hold his feelings back and jumps out; Laretes tackles him since he blames Hamlet for Ophelia’s death. Claudius calls for his soldiers to pull Laretes and Hamlet apart. Hamlet now confesses that he loved Ophelia albeit to late for her, Laretes not believing Hamlet of course does not want to hear this come from him at all. At the end of the act Hamlet finds Rosencrantz and Guildenstern and the letters that they were carrying for King Claudius to the King of England, when he read the letters his fears were realized that the King had arranged for him to be killed. Hamlet removes his name from the letter and puts Rosencrantz and Guildenstern’s names in his place and they will be killed instead of him. He feels nor has remorse over this, instead feels that they will get what they deserve. When Laretes and Hamlet are dueling, Claudius pours the goblet of wine and puts the poison in it. As they are taking a break from their duel, the Queen picks up the goblet by mistake and drinks it, which proves to be her demise. Also when the two of them are dueling they

exchange swords by mistake and Hamlet injures Laretes as Laretes has already done to Hamlet, not the both of them are poisoned as well. When the Queen falls she tells Hamlet about everything. Laretes confesses what she says is true and now that both of them are poisoned Laretes own haste in revenge will become the end of him, Claudius own deceit will end his life.

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