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Hamlets Friendships William Shakespeares Hamlet depicts the story of a distraught prince attempting to avenge the wrongful death of his father while nearly all his faith in honesty and the good of man is destroyed Hamlet loses both his mother and father as a result of the royal scandal Hamlet is forced to turn to his friends for consultation and advice Hamlets relationship with Horatio proves to represent the epitome of rational thinking and friendship while Rosencratz and Guildenstern contrast this by reassigning their loyalties and abandoning their friendship with Hamlet The audience meets Horatio in the opening scene of the play Marcellus and Bernardo the Danish officers on guard at the castle coax Horatio to speak to the vision that came to visit the castle This sets the tone for Horatios character He is asked by the officers to speak to the spirit because he is a most educated scholar and the only one among them qualified to speak in such an intimidating situation This demonstrates the respect shown to Horatio although he is a nobleman Horatio establishes his bravery during the opening scene by questioning the ghost His actions demand respect Rosencratz and Guildenstern are introduced to the audience during the second scene of the second act Hamlet went to school with both Rosencratz and Guildenstern The first encounter that Hamlet has with Rosencratz and Guildenstern is very significant Hamlet greets the two by referring to them as his excellent good friends II ii 245 Earlier in the play Hamlet greeted Horatio in a similar cordial fashion Although the exchange that Hamlet has with Horatio is similar to the one he has with Rosencratz and Guildenstern the latter raised many suspicions and forced Hamlet to question their motives Since the two men were schoolmates and friends of Hamlet they were summoned to Court by Claudius and Gertrude to spy on Hamlet to help explain his odd behavior This conspiring goes on behind
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