At first, Horatio refuses to believe in the reality of the ghost. Marcellus, who has seen the ghost, says:
Horatio says ’tis but our fantasy
And will not let belief take hold of him
However, when the ghost appears, Horatio's attitude changes. The ghost "harrows" or terrifies him. He demands it speak, and when it leaves he "tremble[s] and looks pale." He says he would not have believed it had he not seen it with his own eyes.
The appearance of the ghost fills Horatio with a deep sense of foreboding and unease. He fears it as an omen that something terrible will happen in Denmark. Learned as he is, he tells stories of ghosts rising from their graves right before Julius Caesar
was murdered in Rome, and then he articulates the rumors he has heard of Fortinbras
planning to attack Denmark.
When the ghost appears a...
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