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The Dramatic Importance of Horatio in the Play Horatio is a mediator between characters throughout the play He has no strong feelings weather it be love or hate toward the remaining characters Thus knowing each character from previous encounters not within the play Horatio is left to introduce an un-biased character revelation Being a scholar Horatio is also familiar with occurrences of the state which provides background information concerning Denmark When he the ambitious Norway combated so frownd he once when in angry parle he smote the sledded Polack on the iceIi61-63 Horatios education also allows him to present hypothesis regarding the nature of the ghost which allows the audience to contemplate the situation from angles What if it tempt you toward the flood by lord or to the dreadful summit of the cliffIiv69-71 Horatio remains a neutral character by judging others reactions He knows their habbits and thus to remain clear of the fray he discusses each persons mannerisms and takes it upon himself to remain their friend Hence he introduces hidden characteristics of plot and player Custom hath made it in him property of easiness Vi67-68 Horatio calms Hamlets disgust at the gravediggers humour in their job Why what a king is this Vii63 Horatio agrees with Hamlets good side but never jeopardizing his relations with the king Horatio by the use of pathos arouses compassion in the audience creating sympathy towards Hamlet After Hamlet has begun his antic disposition Iv173 he begins to lose popularity among the other characters in the play Polonius and Claudius plot against him For we have closely sent for Hamlet hither IIi29 Rozencrantz and Guildenstern are ordered to spy on him to draw him on pleasurely to gather so much as from occasion you may glean IIii15-16 and his mother Gertrude continues her incestuous behaviour and draws closer to Claudius After all of this Horatio is the only one who sticks by
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