Horatio's Role in "Hamlet"
Why do you think Hamlet asks Horatio to tell his story? How does Horatio’s role in Hamlet’s life differ from that of other characters in the play? Respond with 5 sentences and 2 pieces of textual evidence to support your claim.
11/10/2015 09:10:08 am
I think Hamlet asked Horatio to tell him his story so that Hamlet can have complete confidence in him. There is nobody else for Hamlet to turn to, so he must make sure Horatio is 100% trustworthy. Hamlet says, "Thou livest, report me and my cause to the aright To the unsatisfied". Hamlet did not trust either Claudius or his mother after what they had done. Hamlet says to Claudius, "Here, thou damned Dane, Drink off this potion" Hamlet finally fulfills his father's will to avenge his death, and Horatio was there for Hamlet all along.
11/10/2015 09:26:41 am
I think that Hamlet asks Horatio to tell his story because Horatio has been the only person in Hamlet's life that has truly remained loyal. Horatio has been there for Hamlet throughout the his entire journey of avenging his fathers death. He has never once questioned Hamlet and has kept the secret to himself. Horatio knows what Hamlet has gone through, so Hamlet wants Horatio to spread that story with others. Everyone involved in the situation had died except for Horatio, and Hamlet wants people to know what went on and why he did what he did. Horatio is the only one left, he is the only person to tell of the tragic events, and if it wasn't for him being alive everything that happened would be forgotten.
11/10/2015 11:35:44 am
I think that Hamlet told Horatio to pass on the story because he was the only one who Hamlet trusted fully. In the story, we learned that Rosencrantz and Gildenstern were his childhood friends, but they turned against him. Horatio, who also was a good friend of Hamlet, never stopped being loyal. He was always there for him. Also, I think Hamlet told Horatio because he was the only other person alive who knew the whole story. In the text, we know that Horatio helped Hamlet complete his plans for killing Claudius. Horatio was around for the ghost, the Mousetrap, and the end of it all.
11/10/2015 11:38:12 am
I think Hamlet told Horatio to carry out this task because Horatio is the one person Hamlet completely trusts. Horatio was the only person that Hamlet trusted, he also knows the whole story, and he has also stayed loyal to Hamlet throughout the whole story. Even when Hamlet basically turned crazy, specifically at the Murder of Gonzaga play, he still stuck by Hamlets side. Horatio was on Hamlets side from the very beginning where the ghost of dead King Hamlet appeared to where Hamlet dies. Everyone else in the play distrusted Hamlet and went behind his back to find out what was wrong with him. This is why Horatio was different from everyone else in the play.
11/11/2015 01:30:36 pm
I believe that Hamlet tells Horatio to fulfill this duty of telling his story because he knows that Horatio would tell his story exactly how it was. Horatio is the only person in Hamlet's life that he can trust. Horatio is the only one who has sincerely looked out for the safety of Hamlet from the beginning of the play. This is illustrated when Hamlet is beckoned by the apparition in the beginning of the play, "What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord? Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff That beetles o'er his base into the sea..." (Shakespeare 53). Horatio has also known about Claudius's murder and has helped Hamlet. This is shown before the play, where Hamlet asks Horatio to take note of the king during the play, "Well, my lord. If he steal aught the whilst this playing And 'scape (detecting), I will pay the theft." (Shakespeare 141). Thus, Horatio is the only person in the play who has displayed trustworthiness and obedience to Hamlet, which is why Hamlet asks Horatio to tell his story.
11/11/2015 02:05:29 pm
I think that Hamlet asks Horatio to tell his story, because Horatio has been his only faithful and consistent friend throughout the entire ordeal. Unlike Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Horatio did not take Claudius' side and try to spy on Hamlet. He pushed the guards to tell Hamlet about the apparition because he knew that it was in Hamlet's best interest. "Here's yet some liquor left," in saying this , Horatio tells Hamlet that he would rather commit suicide than outlive Hamlet. Therefore, Hamlet can trust that Horatio will tell the truth behind the events that transpired and make sure that everyone is held accountable in their legacy.
11/11/2015 02:09:02 pm
I think Hamlet asks Horatio to tell his story because he trusts Horatio more than anyone else. Throughout the play, Horatio is the only person who is honest and truthful to Hamlet. As well as, Hamlet knows that his best friend will honor his request, and tell the story truthfully. In the text, we know that Hamlet respects and genuinely cares for his friend as he says, "If thou didst ever hold me in thy heart, absent thee from felicity awhile." This line is Hamlet asking Horatio, "If you are my true friend, you will keep yourself from the happiness of death." Everyone who was once important to Hamlet has betrayed him and/or died, except Horatio. He was the only person who was there for Hamlet. So Hamlet entrusts his friend with one final task, tell his story.
11/11/2015 02:13:13 pm
I think that Hamlet asks Horatio to tell his story because Hamlet doesn't want to be forgotten. Horatio saw the ghost, and has been loyal to him since. Hamlet knows that Horatio will tell the truth, and he values that. Everyone else in the play has either mistreated, or abandoned him. Whenever Hamlet went crazy, Horatio didn't abandon him. If Horatio wasn't different from everyone else, Hamlet wouldn't trust him to tell the story.
11/11/2015 03:51:58 pm
I believe that Hamlet asks Horatio to tell his story because he is the only one who had not betrayed him. He had been a true friend to Hamlet, when everybody else in his life had turned against him because they believed he was truly mad, even if he confided in them that he was not. His girlfriend, mother, father, and childhood friends all teamed up against Hamlet, but Horatio remained by his side. Hamlet does not want to be forgotten, and he knows Horatio is his best choice. He believes Horatio will tell the true account of what happened with Hamlet, because he knows the full truth.
11/11/2015 04:02:07 pm
I think that Hamlet asks Horatio to tell his story because Horatio is all Hamlet has left. Also, Horatio is the best option of Hamlet still has existing friends and family because of his loyalty. All others abandoned Hamlet as the play went on. Hamlet's childhood friends, Rosentcramps and Guildenstern, stabbed him in the back and spied on him for Claudius. Hamlet's own mother even betrayed him and left him on his own. Horatio stayed at Hamlet's side the whole time, and won his trust. He knows that Horatio will tell everyone the true story and not betray him
11/11/2015 05:09:33 pm
I believe that Hamlet has told Horatio to tell his story because, he wants the people who are unsure about what happened to be able to hear the true story. Hamlet turns to Horatio because Horatio has been loyal to him throughout the whole play. For example whenever they saw the ghost Horatio never told anyone and even helped Hamlet during the play to decipher whether or not the King was guilty. He also tells Horatio to do this because, in the play it was mentioned that the people in Denmark really like Hamlet, so hamlet probably feels that they deserve to hear the truth, and he trust Horatio with that because he knows the real story. Horatio's role in this play differs from the other characters because, He knew all of Hamlet's secrets and Hamlet was actually able to trust him, unlike all the other characters that turned on him and spied on him.
11/11/2015 05:39:46 pm
I think that it was important to Hamlet that Horatio was the one to spread the news about the tradgey becuase he was Hamlets bestfriend. Almost everyone that Hamlet loved has died and he realizes that if people are going to know the true story of how everything happened, Horatio was going to have to be the one to tell it. Even his great love, Ophelia, had abondended him in this difficult time in this life. Through all the tradgedy, Horatio was there and made sure Hamlet knew he could trust him. Hamlet doesn't want to die without being remembered, he believes that Horatio will help his story and the story of all those he loved, live on.
11/12/2015 06:01:24 am
I believe that it was important that Hamlet asked Horatio to tell his story because Horatio in the play was the only character that maintained a friendship though out the play. Horatio was the only character in the play which Hamlet was honest to, and he was the only one who understood Hamlets true madness. This would make Horatio the best character to truly tell the story of Hamlet and his tragedy.
11/12/2015 06:04:22 am
Hamlet asks Horatio to tell his story because he wants people to know what really happened. He wants a legacy of him to be left behind, and he doesn't want to be forgotten. Hamlet will have the purpose in life he was looking for earlier in the book. While Hamlet is dying, he realizes that everyone who experienced what happened is dead, no one will know what happened.Hamlet will not be remembered at all. Therefore he wants Horatio to tell the story so the sacrifices that were made are not forgotten.
11/12/2015 06:15:57 am
I think Hamlet asks Horatio to tell his story, because Horatio was the one person who stayed loyal to him throughout every instance in his life, good and bad. Because of this, he trusts Horatio to tell the truth and really convey his story. No other characters lived after Act V, and even if they did they did not have the past with Hamlet that Horatio did. Horatio was different because he stayed true to Hamlet, and this companionship set him apart from the others. Hamlet wants the best for Horatio, and vice versa, so before dying, Hamlet tells Horatio to not let the tragedies that they endured make him take his life.
11/12/2015 06:19:15 am
I think that Hamlet asked Horatio to tell him the story because Horatio is the only person that Hamlet can trust. Throughout the play, Hamlet realizes that he really couldn't trust anyone, except for Horatio. He was Hamlet's only true friend. There are multiple occasions where Hamlet tells Horatio everything, and he doesn't tell anyone what he was told. This shows a deep level of friendship and trust between the two. This is why Hamlet can trust Horatio to tell his story the way that it actually was, and not how everyone thought it to be.
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