Hamlet and Horatio are friends with opposite personalities. Horatio is calm and intelligent. Horatio is faithful and takes the world as is. Horatio cares for Hamlet so much that he’ll kill himself to save Hamlet’s life.
The friendship between these two characters drives the story and helps up understand Hamlet’s desires. Why does Hamlet choose Horatio as the sole person he can rely on?Hamlet is crazy and always talks about his fate. He makes irrational and dangerous decisions because he thinks it his fate. He has many problems in the story dealing with his indecisiveness and his fear of the future. He is really a confusing character, he acts crazy. Some people in the story thinks Hamlet is going mad and they can’t understand him fully.
Hamlet also is dealing with the murder of his father and Ophelia who is after him for his money. He acts insane in the brain around people. ” Alas, how is ‘t with you, That you do bend your eye on vacancy And with th’ incorporal air di hold discourse?…
O gentle son, Upon the heat and flame of thy distemper Sprinkle cool patience! Whereon do you look?” (Act III, Scene 2, lines 117-125). Hamlet becomes addicted to revealing his father’s murder. He thinks about the afterlife, the wisdom of suicide and the mysteries of death. Hamlet behaves with out though, acting impulsively like when he stabs Polonius. He doesn’t care about the event in Denmark, he is disappointed at his mother for disrespecting his father by marrying Hamlet’s uncle. However, the loyalty and the respect from Horatio has help Hamlet.Horatio and Hamlet are friends.
They both have a strong friendship. Horatio is calm, resolute, and rational, using logic to solve problems. For Hamlet Horatio seems like Hamlet’s calm and common sense provider. Horatio isn’t afraid, when Hamlet and Horatio saw the ghost Horatio insisted the ghost to speak “O, speak! Or if thou hast uphoarded in thy life Extorted treasure in the womb of earth… Speak of it, stay and speak!” (ActI, Scene 1, lines 133-9). Hamlet admires Horatio for his personality and skill Hamlet doesn’t have.
Hamlet likes Horatio’s self discipline and wisdom. “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. (Act III, Scene 2, lines 56-69)Horatio loved Hamlet so much that he would die for his friend.
There friendship is strong throughout the story and many theories were given about Horatio and Hamlet. Hamlet is always looking up to Horatio, hoping he can be as disciplined and calm as Horatio. Horatio is very caring even if he doesn’t agree with Hamlet decisions he is still a good supporter and he would die for Hamlet.