Hamlet is an allegorical hero. He interacts with other characters who reflect his possible options in taking revenge:
Laertes reflects the limitations of instant revenge
Fortinbras reflects the limitations of political revenge
Ophelia reflects the limitations of madness
Horatio reflects the limitations of talk
From the very first scenes of the play, Horatio establishes himself as a talker. When he first hears of the Ghost, he says:
Of that I shall have also cause to speak,
And from his mouth whose voice will draw on more;
- Horatio doubts the supernatural:
Tush, tush, (quiet, quiet) 'twill not appear.
Well, sit we...
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