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Hamlet - Summary Act 5 sc. ii.

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Introduction

Summary Act 5 sc. ii At Elsinore Castle, Hamlet tells Horatio how he had overcome Claudius's scheme to have him murdered in England. Hamlet had replaced the letter that was being carried by Rosencrantz and Guildenstern, which called for Hamlet's execution. The new letter called for the death of the bearers of the letter- Rosencrantz and Guildenstern themselves. He tells Horatio that he does not feel any guilt for setting up the execution for his former friends who had betrayed him. However, he does feel sorry for having behaved with hostility towards Laertes. Similar to Laertes, Hamlet also wants to avenge his father's death. ...read more.

Middle

LAertes refuses to forgive Hamlet, but in the meanwhile, he will accepts Hamlet's offer of love. As they select their foils (swords used in fencing), the king says that if Hamlet wins the first or second hit, he will drink to Hamlet's health. He will then throw a valuable gem into the cup (which is actually the poison) and will give the wine to Hamlet. Hamlet wins the first match, but refuses to drink, saying he will drink after he plays the next match. He strikes Laertes again, and Gertrude rises to drink from the cup. The king advises her not to drink, but she ignores him. ...read more.

Conclusion

Hamlet is furious, and runs is sword through Claudius and forces him to drink the poisoned wine. Hamlet exchanges forgiveness with Laertes who dies after forgiving Hamlet. As the sound of marching echoes through the halls, Osric declares that Fortinbras has come to conquer Denmark. Hamlet tells Horatio that he is dying, and urges Horatio not commit suicide, but to live, and tell his story. Hamlet says that he wishes Fortinbras to be made King of Denmark. Hamlet dies after these words. Fortinbras marches into the room accompanied by the English ambassadors, who announce that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead. Horatio explains the gruesome events that have unfolded before him. As the play ends, Fortinbras orders for Hamlet to be carried away like a soldier. ...read more.

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