Leaps into the grave.

This repetition of the stage direction feels less necessary than the first. This one makes me wonder about the source for the stage direction. Is this Shakespeare directing Hamlet? Or one of the Folio actors recalling what the staging was?
Or is it an editor recalling productions he’s seen over the years?

I’m not entirely convinced that Hamlet needs to leap into Ophelia’s grave for this fight to happen. Just showing his face is challenging enough to Laertes. Announcing his presence to a man who has already declared that he wants treble woe to fall on his head is enough of a challenge. Does he need to ALSO get into that tiny space with him? I’m not sure. It’s kind of awful to jump into a grave with your dead girlfriend to fight with her brother who is mourning her loss.
But Hamlet isn’t always nice.


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