However, at the end of the play we understand his significance, as he is one of the last survivors.
Despite this, it is clear that Horatio and Hamlet’s friendship is extremely deep, and Hamlet trusts Horatio more than anybody....
[tags: shakespeare, hamlet, horatio] - A person cannot truly exist without those people around him, just as a play may not be successful without its supporting characters.
Horatio and Ophelia are often disregarded as "supporting actors" within the play.
They spend very little time onstage, and when they are their roles seem trivial; however, their true purpose is much greater.
For many, this is a concept that is easily personified but boundlessly difficult to explain.
However, Michel de Montaigne, in his essay Of Friendship, attempts to clarify this relationship.This essay will examine the character of Horatio, Hamlet’s truest friend. [tags: Essays on Shakespeare Hamlet] - Hamlet and Horatio When reading Shakespeare's Hamlet, one becomes involved with a number of relationships involving Hamlet (the tragic protagonist) and the main characters supporting the play.The characters involved include, but are not limited to, Hamlet (the ghost), former King of Denmark and deceased father to the protagonist; Horatio, friend to Hamlet; Gertrude, Queen of Denmark and mother to Hamlet; and Ophelia, daughter of Polonius and romantic interest to Hamlet.[tags: hamlet, shakespeare] - Throughout literature, there a character who provides a moral compass for other characters.In William Shakespeare's Hamlet, Horatio’s character seems fairly simple: somewhat of a “yes-man” to Hamlet, often agreeing with anything Hamlet says.All of the other characters have a stronger allegiance with Claudius, the king, who wishes to exploit any opportunity to get rid of Hamlet.Unlike these other characters, Horatio is extremely loyal to Hamlet and even helps him in identifying Claudius as the murder of his father.Essentially, he states that true friendship occurs when both souls enjoy the connection and wish to have the relationship grow.Although this sounds much like love, de Montaigne claims the key difference is that passion is not constantly a factor among friends.Throughout the play, Hamlet spirals through bouts of insanity, depression, and hostility.However, across his tragic tale, Hamlet’s old friend Horatio remains a constant.