Both Hamlet and Laertes appear as Ophelia isbeing buried. Both are grief-stricken and both leapinto Ophelia’s grave. Hamlet declares his love forOphelia and that his love must exceed the love ofthousands of brothers. They fight. Hamlet tells Horatio that he found the letterthat the king gave to Rosencrantz and Guildensternto the English king, asking him to kill Hamlet.Hamlet tells him how he changed the letter andwrote instead that the bearers of the letter are tobe killed.
Hamlet accepts the duel with Laertes. He asksLaertes for forgiveness, saying that he murderedPolonius in his madness. As the fencing begins, theking gives Hamlet the poisoned cup but Hamletdoes not drink and the queen drinks it. Hamlet iswounded with the poisoned sword. In the middleof the fight, they exchange swords, and Hamletwounds Laertes. Laertes tells Hamlet that the kingis to blame for the poisoned sword and the poisonin the cup. Hamlet stabs the king and forces himto drink from the cup.
Fortinbras, the king of Norway, arrives withhis army to conquer Denmark. Hamlet urgesHoratio tell his real story after he dies. He saysthat he wishes Fortinbras to be made King ofDenmark; then he dies. Fortinbras orders for Hamlet to be carriedaway like a brave soldier.
BRIEF SUMMARY of ACT V• Hamlet and Horatio are at the graveyard.• A funeral comes and Hamlet discovers that it is Ophelia’s coffin.• Hamlet and Laertes fight.• Hamlet accepts the fencing contest with Laertes.• The king offers Hamlet the poisoned drink, but he does not take it. The Queen drinks it.• Hamlet is wounded with the poisoned sword, and Hamlet wounds Laertes with the same sword.• As Laertes is dying, he tells Hamlet that the king is to blame for the poisoned sword and the poison in the cup. Hamlet stabs the king and forces him to drink from the cup.
• Fortinbras, the king of Norway, arrives with his army to conquer Denmark.• Hamlet urges Horatio to tell his story. He says that he wishes Fortinbras to be made King of Denmark; then he dies.• Fortinbras orders for Hamlet to be carried away like a brave soldier.