October 28, 2012
Where Art Thou Horatio?
A best friend or a “wingman” is a very important character to every story. This is like Horatio and Hamlet. Moreover, it is shown many times throughout the play how critical Horatio is for the play’s plot as a character with great importance to Hamlet, the truth, and the ending outcome of the whole play. One could definitely say that Horatio’s role is a crucial one in the play Hamlet written by Shakespeare. First of all, Horatio is Hamlet’s best friend, which makes Horatio a valuable character to characters in the play, mostly Hamlet. This is the first reason why Horatio’s role is important to the play, the fact that Horatio reveals Hamlet’s own identity and character to himself. Understanding the reasons why Hamlet holds Horatio in such high regard provides much insight into Hamlet’s disposition. All in all, Hamlet shows how much he admires Horatio as not only a friend, but as a man. Furthermore, it seems as if Hamlet aspires to be more like his best friend. Hamlet’s choice of Horatio as a friend has reasons for it, and it is definitely an important part of Hamlet’s character. In a vulnerable moment, Hamlet explains: As one in suffering that suffers nothing–
A man that Fortune’s buffets and rewards
Hast ta’en with equal thanks. And blessed are those
Whose blood and judgment are so well commeddled
That they are not a pipe for Fortune’s finger
To sound what stop she please. Give me that man
That is not passion’s slave, and I will wear him
In my heart’s core, ay, in my heart of hearts
As I do thee.
Hamlet reveals here the reasons why he holds Horatio in such high esteem, and, in doing so, specifies important traits in a man, and also how he views himself in the opposite manner. The first characteristic which he identifies in Horatio is his patience and his positive outlook; he comments that Horatio takes the good and bad dealt by life with equal appreciation. Here, Hamlet reveals...