Hamlet the graveyard scene

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Hamlet: The Graveyard Scene

In the churchyard, two gravediggers shovel out a grave for Ophelia. They argue whether Ophelia should be buried in the churchyard, since her death looks like a suicide. According to religious doctrine, suicides may not receive Christian burial. The first gravedigger, who speaks cleverly and mischievously, asks the second gravedigger a riddle: “What is he thatbuilds stronger than the mason, the shipwright, or the carpenter?” The second gravedigger answers that it must be the gallows-maker, for his frame outlasts a thousand tenants. The first gravedigger corrects him, saying that it is the gravedigger, for his “houses” will last until Doomsday.

Hamlet and Horatio enter at a distance and watch the gravediggers work. Hamlet asks the gravedigger whosegrave he digs. Hamlet picks up a skull, and the gravedigger tells him that the skull belonged to a politician then a lawyer and finally Yorick, King Hamlet’s jester. Hamlet tells Horatio that as a child he knew Yorick and is appalled at the sight of the skull. He realizes forcefully that all men will eventually become dust, even great men like Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar.

I- Lifeafter Death

Hamlet's encounter with the gravedigger explains the nature of death and is a turning point in Hamlet's character. The structure serves to move Hamlet and the audience closer to the realization that death is inevitable and universal. It gives to him a realistic outlook on the nature of death and his own fate. Hamlet mokiling speculate that the skull could belong, the first one, to apolitician, a past master in the art of manipulation. Hamlet is saying that these changes to life to death it’s a good thing to keep in mind which makes us all humble to the end of life. Hamlet speculates that the second skull belongs to a lawyer at makes a series of punning comments about them. The lesson of the graveyard scene is that death is eventually inevitable. Having hamlet learn thislesson, he is more passive of his own fate and allows him to take on whatever his fate will bring. Then he reflects how it does not matter who you are in life, you will end up as a "quintessence of dust." Then theses bones cost no more the breeding but to play at loggets no matter who you were in your life. For example despite being a lawyer, at the end you haven’t got a good funeral, despite hismoney, he’s got the same destiny than the others.
With Yorick’s skull Hamlet relations to death is becoming more intimit and affectionate. Yorick was his favourite court jester with a lack of making people laugh with his infinite jibes. He uses ti take pick and pack tags. However the discover of his remains make he is “gorge rise” but instead crying it starts bandering with Yorick’s skull he accuseshim of being quite chope fallen, a terrible pun at Yorick expends (which I will talk later). With his last example dead is presented as level playing field and to the question: “Who’s stronger than a lawyer or a politician, a thick-skinned tanner gets luckier”.
Yorick skull has remind him that we must all come to these and he launches into a flight of fancy about how the clay of Alexander or greatCeaser could be used a cock poor for a beer barrow to fix a hole in the wall. When he entered the scene Hamlett was still in doubts about his ability to carry off his acts of vengeance now he seems ready to perform the ultimate act of a living being by paying tribute to his father’s demise and killing his uncle. “To be or not to be that’s the question?”

II- Hamlet and Yorick’s skull
In thegraveyard scene, Hamlet must confront his own mortality, being faced with the reminder of the death of Yorick and later with the ripe death of his now beloved Ophelia. The mood changes dramatically as Hamlet is confronted with Yorick's skull , his childhood friend. Suddenly Hamlets takes an interest in the dead that was not present with the gravedigger. The difference between the other bones...
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