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Why has Horatio joined Marcellus and Bernardo at their night watch?

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terem93 | Student, Grade 10 | eNotes Newbie

Posted May 29, 2010 at 8:54 AM via web

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Why has Horatio joined Marcellus and Bernardo at their night watch?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted May 29, 2010 at 9:15 AM (Answer #1)

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The first answer is right in that Horatio does come along because he has been told that the ghost has appeared.  But I do not think it is exactly accurate to say that he tagged along to see what would happen.

Instead, I think it is more accurate to say that Marcellus has begged Horatio to come and see what is going on.  Marcellus wants him to see for himself that there really is an apparition that has been appearing to the guards.  Here is a passage that confirms what I am saying:

Horatio says ’tis but our fantasy And will not let belief take hold of him Touching this dreaded sight twice seen of us. Therefore I have entreated him along With us to watch the minutes of this night,
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mrceolsen | College Teacher | eNoter

Posted May 29, 2010 at 9:05 AM (Answer #2)

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Horatio was informed that they'd seen the ghost of Hamlet's father before this night, and thus he tagged along to see what would happen this night.

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