Hamlet was written between 1599 and 1601. The playrecounts how Prince Hamlet exacts revenge on his uncle Claudius, who has murdered Hamlet's father, the King, and then taken the throne and married Gertrude, Hamlet's mother. The play vividly charts thecourse of real and feigned madness (from overwhelming grief to seething rage) and explores themes of treachery, revenge, incest, and moral corruption.
The following excerpt is the first scene in Act V.Act IV finished with the sad news about Ophelia’s drowning. This is known as “The gravedigger scene” or “The graveyard scene”, where two men, a gravedigger and a peasant, argue about suicide whiledigging a grave for Ophelia.
The main idea of the excerpt is the laugh about the absurd, which it hasn’t sense, two gravediggers who try to talk in a formal language and speak in the way that isvery difficult to understand them. One of them is the clever commoner who gets the better of his social superior through wit. With that, the intention of Shakespeare is to get a laugh from the uneducatedgroundlings who would enjoy a relief to the long and tension-
prevailing play. He tries to intensify the effect of tragedy by a long dialogue between the gravediggers.
In this excerpt, the twogravediggers are conversing regarding the burial of a lady whose death has taken place, as per them, under doubtful circumstances. The two gravediggers featured in this scene as two clown figures...