Hamlet Act V Study Guide

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Hamlet Act V Study Guide 1. The gravedigger points out that if she committed suicide then she doesn’t deserve a proper Christian burial. His opinion obviously differs from the coroner’s decision because the coroner had decided that her death was an accident. 2. He explains that since Ophelia was rich and possessed a higher status than the majority of the population, her death wasn’t doubted and she was allowed to be given a proper burial without any questions asked. 3. The pun for arms stands for appendages attached to a human body and weapons used for defense or destruction. Adam needed both aspects of arms to dig a grave. 4. Hamlet becomes angry when he sees the gravedigger disrespect the skulls and says that the skulls could belong to people who were great and made a difference in the world. By the questions he asks, he suggests that everyone, no matter what their occupation was in life, will eventually die and become dust. Their achievements and possessions will
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Unformatted text preview: remain behind as they will not take anything with them to the grave because then the only thing that will belong to them is their “coffin”. He alludes to a similar theme in Act IV when he says “Your fat king and your lean beggar is but variable service - two dishes but to one table.” 5. The gravedigger is mischievous, clever and witty. Every time Hamlet asks him a question, he answers in a profoundly literal way and talks in a roundabout manner. This appalls Hamlet and he is forced to call him a “knave”. 6. 12. I believe she can be held responsible for her death because she did not attempt to save herself when she had the opportunity to do so. She had overwhelming reasons such as her father's death and the loss of her lover to justify her suicide in her mind. Existentially, her losses made her discover unimportance of everything, including life. Consequently, her madness exonerated her as it took away her pains in a flicker of time....
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