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The last words in the play are spoken by Fortinbras, Hamlet’s rival, who will take possession of the kingdom.

What is the thematic significance of Fortinbras speaking the play’s final words?


He illustrates that when one works hard enough to achieve one’s goal, the result will materialize better than one could possibly have anticipated.


He illustrates that unwavering commitment to a goal is always noble, regardless of the cost.


He illustrates the necessity of exploiting a chaotic situation to promote one’s own interests.


He illustrates the ease with which kingdoms are often conquered by outside interests when distracted by inner turmoil.


He illustrates that despite the suffering of individuals who are lost in their own drama, the world will keep moving and life will go on.

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