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What are some quotes that prove that Horatio is loyal in Hamlet?

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dumbxxbrunette | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted November 7, 2010 at 5:32 AM via web

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What are some quotes that prove that Horatio is loyal in Hamlet?

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jmj616 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted November 7, 2010 at 7:39 AM (Answer #1)

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1. Act I, Sc. 2

HORATIO
As I do live, my honour'd lord, 'tis true;
And we did think it writ down in our duty
To let you know of it

Horatio feels that it is duty to inform Hamlet that he has seen the ghost of Hamlet's father.

2. Act II, Sc. 4

What if it tempt you toward the flood, my lord,
Or to the dreadful summit of the cliff
That beetles o'er his base into the sea,
And there assume some other horrible form,
Which might deprive your sovereignty of reason
And draw you into madness?

Horatio urges Hamlet not to follow the Ghost because it may harm him.

3. Act I, Sc. 5

HAMLET 
And now, good friends,
As you are friends, scholars and soldiers,
Give me one poor request.

HORATIO
What is't, my lord? we will.

HAMLET
Never make known what you have seen to-night.

HORATIO MARCELLUS
My lord, we will not.

HAMLET
Nay, but swear't.

Horatio swears to Hamlet that he will not reveal Hamlet's meeting with the Ghost.

4. ACT V, Sc. 2

HORATIO: I am more an antique Roman than a Dane. Here's yet some liquor left.

After seeing that Hamlet has been wounded with the poison sword, Horatio says that he will commit suicide rather than outlive his friend Hamlet.  This is in accordance with ancient Roman ideas based on the Greek philosophy of Stoicism.




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