The two grave diggers exquisitely provide comic buildup to the climax of the play. Before the entrance of Hamlet and his fight with Laertes,the two gravediggers discuss the theme of death with a tone of jest and comicality. They joke about the inevitability of death and that the gravediggers are the last to die. They remember Yorick, a clown known for his jokes whose skull lay bare in the ground. The theme leads to an intense moment when Hamlet confronts the same skull and wonders how even the mightiest of emperors like Alexander find their own mortality inescapable.
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