In the churchyard, two gravediggers argue about Ophelia's burial.
What is he that builds stronger than either the mason, the shipwright, or the carpenter?
Hamlet and Horatio enter. Hamlet sees Yorick's skull, and laments the mortality of man.
Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio.
The funeral procession enters. Hamlet and Laertes fight on the grave.
forty thousand brothers / Could not, with all their quantity of love, / make up my sum
These clowns grotesquely parody Hamlet's 'To be or not to be' soliloquy, and create a sense of dark humour in the play.
This famous speech from the play symbolises death, and how it comes to us all. However, his solemn theorizing explodes into grief and anger as he sees the procession.
Laertes’ passionate embrace of the dead Ophelia again advances the subtle motif of incest that hangs over their relationship.
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