Why is Hamlet given a military funeral?

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Fortinbras is not Danish; in fact, he is from Norway. And, to boot, Denmark and Norway were, apparently, at odds prior to the start of the play, as Fortinbras is angry about his father's death at the hands of Hamlet's father's forces. In other words, it seems possible that the Danes would be reluctant to accept Fortinbras's rule of Denmark, especially after all the drama and upset that have taken place in the Danish court: first Hamlet's father dies, then the queen remarries her brother-in-law so quickly, and now Polonius, Laertes, Ophelia, Claudius, Gertrude , and Hamlet are all dead. Therefore,...

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Hamlet is Prince of Denmark.His uncle had usurped his father's throne after murdering him.In the end when the conspiracy is revealed and hamlet murders his uncle . Unfortunately he himself is injured in the duel and he dies. After his uncle's death he ascends his father's throne and is given a military funeral by Fortinbras,Prince of Norway who admires Hamlet.

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It was to show that Hamlet was a changed man and was well honored by many others for his courage and his bravery so by giving him the military funeral, it was to show their respect towards him and they were trying to appease the medival code of honor and satisfying the Christian expectation of forgiveness

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