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ACT 5 SCENE 1
Transcript of ACT 5 SCENE 1
Hamlet seeing skulls of death at the cemetery and him fighting with Laertes, foreshadows that there will be more fighting in the future and possibly death. Laertes blaming Hamlet for Ophelia's death, shows that he's not moving on from her death.
"Oh, treble woe Fall ten times treble on that cursèd head, Whose wicked deed thy most ingenious sense Deprived thee of!"
(5.1,223-225). The anger he is showing about Ophelia's death, tells the reader that he wants to do more than just blame Hamlet for the death. Later Claudius says to Laertes to remember the plan. By saying that and there being death all around him, it's foreshadowing something bad is coming.
Our version of the play "Hamlet" is when Horatio and Hamlet see Ophelia's grave. Then he confronts Laertes and fights him. We choose this part because this is the point where Laertes plot for revenge starts.
Hamlet and Laertes
Both devastated by Ophelia's Death
They are both devastated because they both showed deep emotion about her. Laertes doesn't want to leave her, so he jumps into the grave to be with her.
"Now pile your dust upon the quick and dead"(5.1, 227).
Then, Hamlet jumps in with him arguing he loved her more.
"I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers Could not with all their quantity of love Make up my sum."
(5.1, 247-249). They both jumped in with her showing their love. They want Ophelia back, but its too late.
Hamlet is able to cope with Ophelia's death, while Laertes wants revenge
Laertes blames Hamlet for what was done to Ophelia. "Fall ten times treble on that cursèd head,
Whose wicked deed thy most ingenious sense
Deprived thee of!" (5.1, 223-225). Hamlet just said that he loved Ophelia way more, while Laertes wants revenge for it.
By Justin Doyle and Francisco Pinto
ACT 5 SCENE 1
The scene really shows the true emotions of Laertes and Hamlet. Starting off, the gravediggers are digging Ophelia's grave. But they are having an argument wither Ophelia's death was suicide. Because if she killed herself, then she doesn't get a christian funeral. As one of the gravediggers goes away, Hamlet and Horatio show up. The gravedigger talks about he has been a gravedigger ever since King Hamlet defeated Fortinbras. On that day, Hamlet was born. The grave digger starts to pull skulls out of the ground, saying how old the are. He says one of them is 23years old and is the jester Yorik. Hamlet starts to talk about Yorik, but then Claudius, Gertrude, and Laertes come. Horatio and Hamlet hide to see who died. But realizes that Ophelia is the one who died.
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By Francisco Pinto
"Till of this flat a mountain you have made, T' o'ertop old Pelion or the skyish head of blue Olympus"
(5.1 pg.205 line 253-254)
This is a metaphor because its saying to pile on dirt till it's higher than mountain Olympus. Laertes says this because he wants to be with his sister because hamlet made her kill her self. Laertes is mad at Hamlet because she is in the grave because of him.
Laertes jumps in the grave in anger of her death. Then Hamlet jumps in the grave and fights with Laertes saying he loved her the most. To settle the fight, Hamlet challenges Laertes to a duel. Then the queen and king call Hamlet mad. After, they remind Laertes of the plan of revenge.
Literary Term: Conflict
The main conflict in this scene is between Hamlet and Laertes. Because Laertes blames Hamlet for the death of Ophelia. "Oh, treble woe Fall ten times treble on that cursèd head,Whose wicked deed thy most ingenious sense Deprived thee of!"
(5.1, 222-225). He blames Hamlet for her death because he say's that Hamlet's crazy self, screwed up Ophelia. Because he screwed up Ophelia, she went crazy just like Hamlet. In this scene, the other conflict is who should Laertes listen too. This is because Hamlet said that he loved Ophelia and would do anything for her.
"Woo’t drink up eisel, eat a crocodile?
I’ll do ’t. "
(5.1, 255). Hamlet really cared for Ophelia and is actually expressing it now. Him expressing might show that he didn't want Ophelia to go crazy, like they said he did. But the problem is Claudius is trying to keep Laertes mind against Hamlet. Because after Hamlet says he loves her, he tells him he's lying and crazy. Then later tells him to remember the plan.
"An hour of quiet shortly shall we see. Till then in patience our proceeding be"
(5.1,277-278). Claudius wants to keep Laertes on track to kill Hamlet. While Hamlet is trying to show that he isn't such a bad guy.
By Justin Doyle
Metaphors by Justin Doyle
Hamlet bursting into the funeral when he knows it was Ophelia, shows that he loved her more than he usually shows.
"Swounds, show me what thou'lt do. Woo’t weep? Woo’t fight? Woo’t fast? Woo’t tear thyself?Woo’t drink up eisel, eat a crocodile?I’ll do’ it
(5.1,252-256). Laertes didn't really know that Hamlet liked her, because Claudius tries to hide it.
"I loved Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers Could not with all their quantity of love Make up my sum. What wilt thou do for her? O, he is mad, Laertes."
(5.1, 247-250). Claudius sees if Hamlet says that he really loves Ophelia, then his revenge of killing Hamlet may be called off. Claudius wants Hamlet dead because he could reveal the truth that he was the one who killed Hamlet's father. By having Laertes kill him, his problem of Hamlet will be all gone.
By Justin Doyle
By Francisco Pinto
"That skull had a tongue in it and could sing once" (5.1 pg. 197 line 75)
This is a metaphor because it's saying that the dead skull could sing. This is said because the gravedigger is always singing while he is digging graves. So the skulls are singing along.
"Whose phrase of sorrow, conjures the wandering stars and makes them stand"
(5.1 pg.205 line 255-256)
This is a metaphor because it saying that his words of sadness, makes the planets stand still. Hamlet says this because he is sad that Ophelia dead. The others don't think that Hamlet really cares for her but he does.
Hamlet is noticeably obsessed with death and the decomposition of the body in this scene. Such as getting mad at the gravedigger for hitting a skull with a shovel.
"How the knave jowls it to the ground, as if it were Cain’s jawbone, that did the first murder!"
(5.1, 75-76). Hamlet really cares about the dead bodies because he isn't use to death in his life. His father died and gave him a different perspective on death. So now he is trying to make sure that the dead people are treated right. "
Why does he suffer this rude knave now to knock him about the sconce with a dirty shovel and will not tell him of his action of battery?"
(5.1, 95-96). This is continued on when the gravedigger discovers the jester's skull. Because he starts to cherish all of the times he remembers with the jester.
"Alas, poor Yorick! I knew him, Horatio, a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy. He hath borne me on his back a thousand times, and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is!"
(5.1, 161-163). The jester must of been important to Hamlet for him to remember him. Hamlet is fascinated by death though because he goes into a flashback with the skull.
Hamlet and Gravedigger
Hamlet cares about the dead, while the Gravedigger doesn't really care
The gravedigger just sings and throws the skulls around like they are nothing. " (singing)
In my youth I loved, I loved, And I thought it was very sweet." (5.1, 60) He's been a gravedigger so long, that death really isn't a big deal. Hamlet yells at the gravedigger for kicking the skulls and cherishes them in his hand. He cares about death because the people that he loved died.