Hamlet dies in Act V and is left in Horatio's arms as he weeps for his friend's loss. He tells Fortinbras to spread Hamlet's tale and give him an honorable funeral. Thus it is the living mortals whom tell the stories of the dead and carry their sorrow while mourning their loss. The dead cannot resume their lives and are left to be dealt with in purgatory. In the end, Fortinbras, the conqueror, gives honor to a dead man and tells the slain prince's citizens the story of his epic downfall.