or disclosure of Hamlet's thoughts). Good night, sweet prince, And flights of angels sing thee to thy rest.". That they are not a pipe for fortune's finger. Get free access risk-free for 30 days, just create an account. And Horatio, in his loyalty to Hamlet, agrees to forego his own death to complete the one final request his friend has made of him. Stratford School Days: What Did Shakespeare Read? Horatio is a flat character. This delight in, and admiration of, the qualities his friend possesses is the fundamental reason why Hamlet confides in Horatio throughout the play.
Horatio, Hamlets Confidant
Horatio is our harbinger of truth. He knows Horatio will keep his secrets, especially that of Hamlet's own 'antic disposition.' In fact, Hamlet passionately demonstrates this implicit trust, as well as his own love for Horatio, in his dying request that Horatio tell the truth of his story at the end. In the final analysis, Hamlet does become a little more like his idol Horatio in his acceptance of fate and the evil inherant in all men. But, other than their mutual love and respect for each other, they are as different as two people can. Once is when Hamlet tells him of a letter from King Claudius that he has found in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern's pack, telling the King of England that he must have Hamlet killed.
Extorted treasure in the womb of earth. Want to learn more? The second instance is when Hamlet tells Horatio that he will fight Laertes, son of Polonius, who Hamlet killed earlier in the play. Horatio's role in the play seems to be as a utilitarian character that Shakespeare created in order to heighten the suspense of the play.