Hamlet is still in mourning, his mother should be also. In the words of a Christian, he became a saint. However, at the end of the play we understand his significance, as he is one of the last survivors. The ghost materializes for a second time, and Horatio tries to speak to it. There are few instances within the play that show goodness and kindness. The characters of Horatio and Ophelia have two very different functions in the play.
How to cite this article: Mabillard, Amanda. At the end of the play, when Hamlet is killed in his fight with Laertes, Horatio, in his grief, offers to kill himself with his own sword. However Horatio was looking… 1326 Words 6 Pages just as a play may not be successful without its supporting characters. Here hung those lips that I have kissed I know not how oft. For example, at the beginning of 1. Horatio loves Hamlet so much that he would rather impale himself on his own sword than live on after Hamlet's death.
Later, in act two, Horatio is revealed to be Hamlet's most trusted friend, to whom Hamlet reveals all his plans. It can also be a place where memory is preserved indefinitely. Not the jumbled up mess we all are. True and faithful, Horatio is the ideal image of friend. Horatio is the alpha… 1164 Words 5 Pages Laertes and Horatio as Foils for Hamlet In the play, Hamlet , Shakespeare uses a cast of characters that have many roles. Pleading with his friend to trust his instincts, he advises 'If your mind dislike anything, obey it' 5. He finds himself questioning his own ambitious motives such as revenge and hatred toward his murderous uncle.
When Elizabeth died in 1603, James did inherit the throne, becoming King James I. Why are we having to stand all these guard watches? Horatio's Character and Function Horatio is one of the sweetest characters in Hamlet. The Character Horatio in Shakespeare's Hamlet In the play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, the confidant Horatio is created to serve a number of different purposes. The other key characters in the play were only out for their own good. He is deeply concerned for his friend, and this emotion is even stronger in him than his alarm at the ghost. The second instance is when Hamlet tells Horatio that he will fight Laertes, son of Polonius, who Hamlet killed earlier in the play. On the other hand, Hamlet finds himself in a unique and traumatic situation, one which calls into question the basic truths and ideals of his life.
Although Horatio doesn't say much during the pivotal third act of the play, he is almost constantly by Hamlet's side. Marcellus Should I hit it with my lance? He is the outside observer to the madness. Hamlet knows his friend will find the words that will reveal the truth of what has happened, and why. Still grieving the old king, no one knows yet what to expect from the new one, and the guards outside the castle are fearful and suspicious. When looked at from a more in-depth perspective one would find that many of these traits are revealed through an inference inherent to their speech.
True and unselfish, he is a friend that any person no matter what age they may be or what time era they live in would be proud to have! Poor Horatio is the only major character left alive at the Danish court. I knew him, Horatio: a fellow of infinite jest, of most excellent fancy: he hath borne me on his back a thousand times; and now, how abhorred in my imagination it is! And this happens, when Horatio wants to die to save Hamlets soul from hell, he even gives up this last whish to save his own felicity because it is a sin to commit suicit , and just in this moment, I think, he becomes a saint…. But you have to remember, that the play is still fictional and quite frankly many writers Actually, almost every writer, which is the reason why Shakespeare is considered so great have the inability to create and portray 3-D characters that really do copy reality and show what it means to be human, mostly create 2-D characters that only have a defining trait, problem, priority, goal, situation. Now that Yorick is a stinking corpse the memory of touching him seems revolting and makes Hamlet feel ill. One can imagine happier times when Hamlet and Horatio, studying together at Wittenberg, engaged in heated philosophical debates. Horatio swears himself to secrecy about the ghost and Hamlet's pretense of madness, and conspires with Hamlet to prove ' guilt through the traveling players' production of The Murder of Gonzago.
In the first scene Horatio gives a detailed history of what has gone before regarding King Hamlet: Our last king, Whose image even but now appear'd to us, Was, as you know, by Fortinbras of Norway, Thereto prick'd on by a most emulate pride, Dared to the combat; in which our valiant Hamlet-- For so this side of our known world esteem'd him-- Did slay this Fortinbras; who by a seal'd compact, But this scene is not his most important; such would be the final scene of the tragedy where he accompanies the hero to his death and turns over the rule of Denmark to Fortinbras. He can follow Hamlet's elaborate wordplays, but he is not inclined to engage in any. Of course, Shakespeare does give some depth to all his minor characters. Are Hamlet and Ophelia both truly mad. It then draws near the season Wherein the spirit held his wont to walk.
He accepted the fact that Hamlet sent Rosencrantz and Guildenstern to their deaths so easily. Horatio is a flat character. The good Horatio believes Hamlet in all cases and supports him in all his decisions except one, the very one that costs Hamlet his life just as he had predicted it would. When Hamlet follows the ghost anyway, learns that King Hamlet was poisoned, and is sworn to avenge his death, Horatio allows himself to be sworn to silence and keep Hamlet's secret. The tragic hero in Shakespeare's Hamlet undergoes many changes throughout the play.