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Horatio's Dilemma Marcellus, not Horatio, is the one to insist they follow Hamlet as he follows the Ghost and see what's up, not just leave "Heaven (to) direct it"  Why do you think Shakespeare creates this dichotomy in Horatio who had twice insisted that Hamlet not be the victim of imagination? 

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malibrarian eNotes educator | Certified Educator

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According to my Bevington textbook (The Necessary Shakespeare - excellent, by the way, if anyone is interested!), Horatio agrees with Marcellus. He's not waffling - he's saying, "Yes, let's go after him."

Horatio the Scholar says, after Hamlet and the Ghost exit:

"He waxes desperate with imagination."  Just a single comment from a thinking kind of guy.  Then Marcellus says,

"Let's follow. 'Tis not fit thus to obey him."

Horatio replies with

"Have after. To what issue will this come?"

Horatio isn't saying, "Let's not go."  "Have after" means "Let's go after him."  Still being a thinker, he asks, "What's going to happen with all this (To what issue will this come?)?"

Horatio is a scholar, not a soldier, so it makes sense that he would be asking these questions as he's readying himself to go with Marcellus.  But I still don't believe he's actually resisting.  His comment that "Heaven will direct it." seems simply to indicate that he understands that all of this is in the hands of God, Fate, Heaven, or whatever.

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Well, any time you see a ghost, you're bound to have mixed feelings about it.  It's not certain or guaranteed that the ghost is actually who he says he is.  The forces of darkness sometimes lure us in with a bit of truth to gain our confidences and then, Whammy!  Macbeth is a good example of this!  So, I would not criticize Horatio for his waffling. 

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