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Are there any acceptable reasons to lie to a friend This question brings us to the issue of true friendship In the play Hamlet by William Shakespeare the relationship between Hamlet and Horatio as well as the relationship between Hamlet with Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are presented These relationships are portrayed by the occasion on which the friends meet the method in which Hamlets friends treat him and how they act towards him From these incidents Horatio proves to be a better friend to Hamlet than either Rosencrantz or Guildenstern As the play develops we see that Horatio treats Hamlet with more kindness than both Rosencrantz and Guildenstern This is exemplified in Horatios actions in particular his first meeting with Hamlet where he informed Hamlet about his fathers ghost then advised him not to follow the ghost and helped him perform the mousetrap in order to prove Claudius guilt in the murder of King Hamlet In the beginning after witnessing the appearance of King Hamlets ghost Horatio informs Hamlet of what he saw I think I saw your father yesternight I ii 188 The fact that Horatio would tell his friend that he saw the ghost of his dead father every day for the last week proved that Horatio cared for Hamlet Next Horatio tried to protect Hamlet by warning him of possible dangers that could arise if he followed his fathers ghost Hamlet It will not speak then I will follow it Horatio Do not my lordWhat if it tempt you toward the flood my lord Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff I iv 62-63 69-70 From this scene Horatio is shown to be protecting Hamlet from dangers that could occur an act that a true friend would carry out Finally Horatio helped Hamlet to perform the mousetrap in order to determine if Claudius really killed King Hamlet Hamlet one scene of it comes near the circumstances which Hamlet
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