Throughout the novel Hamlet, Hamlet comes across many people, but there is only one he trusts with his deepest secrets and feelings. He tells this character about his fathers’ ghost, his pretense of madness, and he helps prove Claudius is the man who killed his father. This character, who Hamlet entrusts his life, is Horatio.
Horatio is a friend of Hamlets from Wittenberg University, who is a very loyal person. Not only does Hamlet trust Horatio, Claudius also shows his trust in having him look after and restrain Hamlet after he attacks Laertes. Horatio also shows characteristics such as being supportive and rational in unusual circumstances like the sighting of King Hamlets’ ghost. Hamlet admires and trusts Horatio, because he is really the only type of family Hamlet has left. Horatio is always there for Hamlet in tough situations and is actually willing to give up his life for him at the end of the novel. Hamlet actually tells Horatio that he admires him for the qualities he does not posess in these lines from the novel, Horatio, thou art e'en as just a man, As e'er my conversation cop'd withal (III.ii.56-7). He also tells Horatio of his admiration in this excerpt, Dost thou hear?
Since my dear soul was mistress of her choice,
And could of men distinguish her election,
Hath seal'd thee for herself, for thou hast been
As one, in suffering all, that suffers nothing,
A man that fortune's buffets and rewards
Hast ta'en with equal thanks: and blest are those
Whose blood and judgement are so well commedled
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 heart,
As i do thee. (III.ii.65-70)
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