Introduction to Horatio in Hamlet Horatio's role in the play is minor and most critics agree that he is not developed beyond a character foil for the great Prince. However, Horatio serves two purposes central to the drama, and it is through these purposes that we can best discuss those qualities that make Horatio memorable.
Both men have been poisoned and Queen Gertrude is dead. Laertes has also expired. When Horatio realises that his best friend is also about to die, he says: I am more an antique Roman than a I am more an antique Roman than a Dane: Hamlet then beseeches him not to do so and asks Horatio to give him the cup.
Give me the cup: When Prince Fortinbras and the English ambassador arrive, Horatio informs them, on a question by the Prince about the carnage that they have been informed about, that if they wish to see nothing but sorrow and wonder, they need look no further.
It is all right there for them to see. When the ambassador informs those around that Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are dead and asks who he should approach to thank them for having performed what was asked i. Horatio then asks that the bodies all be placed on a stage for everyone to view before he gives reasons for the surrounding carnage.
He will inform all those who are in the dark of the various schemes and plots that led to the unfortunate demise of all the deceased.
Furthermore, Horatio begs that they should all be calm whilst the bodies are removed and placed on a stage.Hamlet: Horatio's Speech To Fortinbras The ghost made a follow me motion to Hamlet and we grabbed him.
Please do not follow Sir Hamlet, I pleaded. The spirit was insistent and Hamlets gut instinct drove him to follow the floating omen 3 / Horatio's Speech To Fortinbras to tell a tale of a martyred hero to whom we must remember.
Hamlet be thy name. Quick Quotes Thou art a scholar; speak to it, Horatio. - Hamlet (), Marcellus Why is it more fitting that a scholar speak to the Ghost?
As a scholar, Horatio would have a firm understanding of Latin, the language in which the exorcising of . After the Ghost vanishes, Horatio explains that King Hamlet (Prince Hamlet's father) had slain King Fortinbras of Norway in combat and reclaimed land for Denmark. He adds that young Fortinbras "Of unimproved mettle hot and full" () is massing an army to win back the land that King Hamlet had taken.
Fortinbras, whose own barely-limned plot is extremely similar to Hamlet's (his identically-named father dead, his rise in Norway impeded by his uncle, etc.), in nonetheless Hamlet's opposite.
He is a man of action, a man like Laertes, or Old Hamlet. Horatio epitomizes the faithful friend. He only questions Hamlet's judgment once, when Hamlet confides the fates of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern.
Otherwise, Horatio supports every rash decision Hamlet makes. Horatio is the man Hamlet wants to be.
Sir Fortinbras and noble knights of the army of Norway, I stand before you today to tell a tale of a martyred hero to whom we must remember. Hamlet be thy name. He was a friend and a leader.