We catch the two gravediggers singing and joking around as they dig up a grave for none other than Ophelia. They wonder whether she committed suicide or not, and why she is getting a funeral procession nicer than others.
Enter a scandalized Hamlet who wonders about the new grave's owner. The gravediggers, not knowing it is the Prince of Denmark they are talking to continue to make jokes, and share gossip about him. Hamlet then finds himself with the skull of old Yorick, his caretaker, and again relates it to saying that all men return to dust. He mentions two great men, Alexander the Great and Julius Caesar who have turned to dust, no longer above their subjects. Death is the great equalizer, after all.
Soon enough, Hamlet finds out that the grave is for Ophelia, when Laertes and other court officials appear with her casket. Before Ophelia's burial, Laertes jumps in to be buried with his sister. Hamlet then intervenes, saying that he loved Ophelia the most with a love that thousands of brothers could not give. They begin to fight but are broken apart. The King tells Laertes to be patient.