Of what importance is the character of Horatio in the last scene of Act 5 of Hamlet?

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Horatio is one of the only characters to survive the dramatic ending of Hamlet, and will serve to tell Hamlet's story to the kindgom, and to future generations.  In fact, as Hamlet is dying, he specifically requests of Horatio that he tell his story.  Horatio, throughout the entire play, has been a true and faithful friend to Hamlet, someone that Hamlet can vent to, and share his feelings.  In the end, it is to this very cherished friend that Hamlet turns, pleading that his memory will be remembered.  Horatio is the designated story-bearer.  Also, Hamlet asks him to go to Fortinbras and relate the events of...

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