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When Hamlet comes upon the gravedigger he immediately senses death in a new way After the sudden death of his father and his own killing of Polonius his presence in the graveyard has an entirely new meaning Little does he know the grave he stands in front of is for another friend of his and there is only more death to come He picks up a skull and gives the example of a lawyer He explains in this first speech that after death all the knowledge man has acquired is useless Any power that this lawyer could have gained in life is meaningless when he is simply another undistinguishable skeleton Hamlet uses many questions in this passage and he may be alluding to the questioning and almost berating tone that lawyers often used He also repeats and uses words in more than one way recovery vouch fine possibly implying that the skeletons around him are as unrecognizable and common as the words he uses The words he says have more than one meaning just as the skeletons around him have more than one identity a lawyer a jester a maid etc Hamlet converses with the gravedigger and after realizing that the gravedigger takes all Hamlets words literally remarks How absolute the knave is ln140 Like death the gravedigger is literal and absolute and cannot be joked with Next there are many references to the earth and burial The word ground is used and then Hamlet asks the gravedigger how long it takes a buried man to rot He is talking about the physical act of decay while the gravediggers response refers to a sort of spirituality or karma The gravedigger replies that the time of decay depends on how rotten the man is when placed into the earth Rotten men would decay faster and therefore not be remembered as long as good men who take a long time to be forgotten Hamlet then
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