Essay on The Perfect Friend; A Character Review of Horatio

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“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. This type of friendship is hard to come by. In the world renowned play written by Shakespeare entitled, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark this exact friendship is demonstrated throughout the play. The play is about a prince that returns to the castle to attend his father’s funeral only to discover his mother has remarried to the king’s brother in a very short time. The ghost of Hamlet’s father led to Hamlet …show more content…
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work. If one falls down, his friend can help him up. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. But how can one keep warm alone? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.” Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. This type of friendship is hard to come by. In the world renowned play written by Shakespeare entitled, Hamlet, Prince of Denmark this exact friendship is demonstrated throughout the play. The play is about a prince that returns to the castle to attend his father’s funeral only to discover his mother has remarried to the king’s brother in a very short time. The ghost of Hamlet’s father led to Hamlet displaying acts of insanity which is kept in check by his loyal friend Horatio. Most people have friends but there are very few friends that live up to the example in the Bible or even in Hamlet. Friends have plenty of attributes that qualify them as friends. These attributes are normally things a person either strives to be or mimic those of the person. Horatio represents the light or conscience side of Hamlet in the play. The Loyalty, trustworthiness and level minded thinking of Horatio provides the sane interpretation of Hamlet’s insanity.
Loyalty is the number one characteristic that is searched for in a friendship. Horatio sets the example of this trait. Horatio is like the angle sitting on your left shoulder. The angel’s purpose
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