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Is Horatio real? Or just a subject of Hamlet's Imagination?

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Transcript of Is Horatio real? Or just a subject of Hamlet's Imagination?

Act I Scene i
Act III Scene ii
HAMLET: Horatio, thou art e'en as just a man as e'er my conversation coped withal (line 56-7).
Hamlet tells Horatio he is envious of his ability to control his emotions well. (line 59-79)
Horatio is the person Hamlet wants to be.
Hamlet trusts Horatio completely yet doesn't see Rosencrantz and Guildenstern the same way
Horatio confirms what Hamlet sees (line 314).
Horatio is Hamlet's one true confidant.
Is Horatio real? Or just a subject of Hamlet's imagination?
Horatio speaking to Guards
BARNARDO: Say, what, is Horatio there?HORATIO: A piece of him (line 24).

BARNARDO: How now, Horatio, you tremble and look pale (line 63).

Horatio suggests telling young Hamlet.
Emily Wu
Period 4
Mrs. Mills

Shakespeare, William, Barbara A. Mowat, and Paul Werstine. The Tragedy of Hamlet,
Prince of Denmark. New York: Washington Square, 1992. Print.



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To Recap...
Horatio does not go back to Wittenberg yet does not work for the King.
Horatio is the person Hamlet wants to be.
Horatio is there to confirm Hamlet's thoughts.
Only Hamlet aknowledges Horatio's existence.
The ghost of Old Hamlet is seen by Hamlet, Horatio, and the guards.
HORATIO: It might, my lord (line 83).
HORATIO: Ay, my lord (line 89).
HORATIO: Not a jot more, my lord (line 115).
HORATIO: Ay, my lord, and of calves' skins too (line 117).
Only Hamlet speaks to the Gravediggers.
HORATIO: What's that, my lord? (line 203)
HORATIO: E'en so (line 206).
HORATIO: E'en so, my lord (line 208).
Horatio keeps Hamlet company.
Act V Scene i
Is he real?
Does Horatio speak to anyone but Hamlet?
If the guards see ghosts, couldn't it be true that Horatio is a ghost as well?
Why can Horatio see the ghost?
What is Horatio in the castle for?
Why didn't the King choose Horatio?
Hamlet's imaginary friend
Horatio refers to himself as Hamlet's "poor servant" (line 168)
Hamlet tells Horatio he has seen Old Hamlet "in [his] mind's eye" (line 193).
Hamlet had already begun to imagine things.
Act I Scene ii
HAMLET: It will not speak; then I will follow it.
HORATIO: Do not, my lord (line 70-71)
Horatio acts as Hamlet's conscience and "holds" Hamlet back with Marcellus but fails (line 88).

HORATIO: He waxes desperate with imagination (line 97).

Hamlet makes Horatio and Marcellus swear as if they were little children.
Act I Scene iv & v
Act IV Scene v
HORATIO: 'Twere good she were spoken with, for she may strew dangerous conjectures in ill-breeding minds.
Speaks to Queen but she does not aknowledge his existence.
What is Horatio still doing at the castle?
Why hasn't he gone back to Wittenberg?
Why does the King not send Horatio to spy on Hamlet?
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