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…
If his occulted guilt/Do not itself unkennel in one speech/…Give him heedful note,/…And after we will both our judgment join/In censure of his seeming.” (3.2.80-85) Hamlet’s struggle with the uncertainty of the cause of his father’s death revealed by the Ghost, by deciding to validate the allegations by trapping the King during the play. Hamlet needed Horatio’s rational thoughts to verify the king’s response as guilt to confirm the testimony articulated by the Ghost. Hamlet fears that his own bias may influence him to a wrong judgment, he conveys his strategy to Horatio which is specified, “Hamlet and Horatio between them to provide a framework for how rational thought works that combines materiality and metaphysics. (Harmer 35)
Horatio's trustworthiness and sense of honesty are often acknowledged by Hamlet himself. His monologue reveals how much he values Horatio's character traits as stated; "…blest are those/ Whose blood and judgment are so well commeddled/ That they are not a pipe for Fortune's finger…" (3.2.73-75). Hamlet’s trust in Horatio builds not only his self-esteem through the wits and manly traits Hamlet seeks to be, but to become the man Horatio is. In the essence of trust and honestly, Hamlet’s right hand man and the King’s Chief of Security profoundly acquired equal characteristics both leaders strive for. Horatio’s dependability to watch over Ophelia, “Follow her close. Give her good watch, I pray you.”(4.5.75), as asked by the King personally, adds

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