Hamlet. Act IV, Scenes 5 & 6. Demonstrates Conflict: Scene 5 .
Act IV, Scenes 5 & 6
“Larded with sweet flowers; Which bewept to the grave did go With true-love showers.” (IV. V. 37-39)
“Let the king have the letters I have sent; and repair though to me with as much speed as though woulds’t fly death. I have words to speak in thine ear will make thee dumb: yet are they much too light for the bore of the matter.” (IV. vi. 21-26)
“He is dead and gone, lady, He is dead and gone; At his head a grass-green turf, At his heels a stone.” (IV. V. 29-32)
“Let this be so; His means of death, his obscure burial, No trophy, sword, nor hatchment o’er his bones, No noble rite, nor formal ostentation, Cry to be heard, as ‘twere from heaven to earth, That I must call’t in question.”
(IV. v. 209-214)
“…Finding ourselves too slow of sail, we put on a compelled valour, and in the grapple I boarded them: on the instant, they got clear of our ship; so I alone became their prisoner. They have dealt with me like thieves of mercy; but they knew what they did; I am to do a good turn for them. Let the king have the letters I have sent; and repair thou to me with as much speed as though woulds’t fly death.” (IV. vi. 16-23)
“She is importunate indeed distract…[Sings] How should I your true love know from another one? By his cockle hat and staff and his sandal shoon.” (IV. v. 3…26) Ophelia
“That drop of blood that’s calm proclaims me basterd, cries cuckold to my father, brands the harlot even here between the chaste and unsmirch’d brows of my true mother.” (IV. v. 115-118) Laertes
“Be you content to lend your patience to us, and we shall jointly labour with your soul to give it due content.” (IV. v. 207-209) Claudius
Analysis: It is shown throughout the scene that Laertes is oblivious to who actually killed his father; he is so overcome with rage that he believes shedding Claudius’s blood will resolve his father’s untimely death. For this reason, Laertes storms the throne room and points his rapier right at the king’s throat. Claudius being the manipulative mastermind that he is, plans to do right by Laertes and help him get his revenge one the murderer – Hamlet. It can be assumed that Claudius’s main motive for aiding Laertes is personal gain and to be rid of Hamlet. Finally, we are shown that Ophelia has gone mad over the loss of her beloved father. After Laertes witnesses her singing he becomes guilt stricken and swears to avenge his father as well as Ophelia.
“We were two days old at sea, a pirate of very warlike appointments gave us chase. I alone became their prisoner. Rosencrantz and Guildenstern hold their course for England; of them I have much to tell thee. Farewell.”
(IV. vi. 16-29)