Explain in Act V the scene that Hamlet creates about man's insignificance and inability to control his fate following death.

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Hamlet feels insignificant in his life, and is overwhelmed with the utter baseness of the death and decay he sees.

The scene opens with the clowns discussing whether or not Ophelia is entitled to be buried on consecrated ground (because she was a suicide she should have been relegated to a different section). This suggests that where our bodies lay matters. Yet the rest of the scene shows it does not, for even in consecrated ground, the bodies are disturbed and treated with irreverance.

Hamlet is disturbed by the clowns' light-heartedness as they sing and toss skulls about. He looks into the graves and thinks of the people the dead might have been--a lawyer, a politician, a land-owner, even a great leader. The clowns have unearthed the stinking skull of the jester, Yorrik...

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