Hamlet and his mother are alone again… they talk about how Hamlet has to go away, to England, and that he’d better hide the body.
Hamlet arrives at his mother’s bedchamber and they have a screaming match about who’s really offending the king, because: which king? The prince tries to make her realize that Claudius has killed his brother, Hamlet, Sr., in order to get the throne and her, and that she must understand why he, Hamlet, Jr., is as disgusted as by incest. In between, Hamlet accidentally shoots Polonius, and then the ghost arrives—Hamlet can see him, but Gertrude can’t, so she’s easily convinced he really has gone mad.
Here, have some gratitious Horatio & Hamlet, pissing off Polonius.
Hamlet keeps a close eye on the king and queen, gauging their reactions to the obvious, obvious direction the play is taking. Claudius uses his death glare, the queen bids Hamlet to her to chastise him—Hamlet is not impressed.
No, really, I just wanna try my hand at two more sequences which just didn’t want to be capped yesterday:
Claudius has poisoned the wine, but, by accident, Gertrude drinks from it. Hamlet has been stabbed by Laertes—the point of the sword was poisoned, too; and in the confusion of the fight, they swapped weapons, so that Laertes’ wounds are fatal as well. The prince, enraged upon his mother’s death, stabs the king, who dies. Hamlet then collapses, and a moment later dies in Horatio’s arms.
And the rest… is silence.
Now cracks a noble heart. Good night, sweet prince,
And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest!
Thus, this is the end of this evening’s Hamlet picspam. I do hope you enjoyed it as much as I did. :)
Ophelia’s funeral. Gertrude confesses how she’d have wished for Ophelia and Hamlet to marry; Laertes seizes his sister’s corpse, upon which Hamlet leaps from his and Horatio’s hiding place in the bushes, declaring his love for Ophelia, for which he’s promptly assaulted by Laertes.
Yes, the skull scene. It’s Yorik, the late king’s jester. Hamlet knew him very well.
The grave-maker, by the way, is preparing Ophelia’s grave. She probably drowned herself, but one doesn’t talk about it.
Claudius informs the grieving Laertes that Hamlet’s going to return, and encourages the younger man to murder the prince. They conspire to change weapons during the fencing practice, from blunted to unblunted sword, without Hamlet knowing. And then, to make him thirsty and poison him.