William Shakespeare 's Hamlet Of Literary Import : The Gravedigger And Yorick

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As I described briefly in the opening to my presentation, there are myriad things in Act 5 of Hamlet of literary import: Hamlet’s interaction with the gravediggers, Yorick’s mini-scene, and the scuffle between Hamlet and Laertes over Ophelia’s grave, to name a few from Act 5, Scene 1. However important these aspects are, they all have somewhat obvious significance to the rest of the play as a whole: The gravedigger and Yorick can be attributed to Hamlet’s questioning of death and human worth, while the Ophelia scene brings into question the power and significance of romantic and brotherly love, from the perspective of the play. However, the presence of Fortinbras in the ending of Hamlet has been something that has thrown me off since I first read the play in high school; so, for my presentation, I began with one main question: Why end Hamlet with a character as small as Fortinbras? I think after discussing with the class, and after my own critical analysis beforehand, I believe I know why Fortinbras ends the play. Fortinbras is a symbol of what Hamlet is not: He is a live prince, a strong prince, and moreover a prince who is successful in his revengeful invasion. Fortinbras is a minor character through Hamlet, and his appearances are often brief, even in his own scene in Act 4. However, in hindsight, it seems the scenes where he is briefly mentioned beckon him to take the ending of the play. As I believe Dominic pointed out, Fortinbras is introduced quite early on in Act…

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