Act V, Scene-I Detailed Summary of Hamlet: "Hamlet" by William Shakespeare


Elsinore. A churchyard. Here two clowns are discussing the act of Ophelia's drowning before Hamlet and Horatio enter. One of the clowns is singing while digging the grave. Hamlet considers it immoral. Then both Hamlet and Horatio witness the clown picking a skull quite heartlessly. Hamlet, quite philosophically, argues with Horatio as to the probable being of the skull.

Soon there is queen mourning over the youthful death of Ophelia. She throws flowers on her. Here comes Laertes and the king. Both, Hamlet and Laertes, begin fighting seeing each other. The queens asks Hamlet for why he gets angry over Laertes and Hamlet pours out the deep love of Ophelia:

"I lov'd Ophelia. Forty thousand brothers
Could not (with all their quantity of love)
Make up my sum. What wilt thou do for her?"

Then Hamlet exits upon the request of the queen. He is followed by Horatio.





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