What qualities would make the Hamlet character Horatio a good king of Denmark? Why would he make a better king than Fortinbras?

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Horatio would also likely have made a good king because he is skeptical. When Barnardo and Marcellus first bring him to see the ghost that has appeared to them, he says, "tush, tush, 'twill not appear" (1.1.35). He is not superstitious and must see with his own eyes to believe. Even when he does see the ghost, he is brave (though rightfully scared) and tries to speak with it, saying, "by heaven, I charge thee, speak" (1.1.57). Further, Horatio is intuitive and intelligent. When the ghost departs, he says, "this bodes some strange eruption to our state" (1.1.80). Such a line, indeed, foreshadows the tragedy of the events to come, events that will affect not just the royal family of Denmark, but the entire country. Moreover, Horatio is loyal. Whatever his friend Hamlet does, Horatio remains close by his side to assist however he can. All of these qualities—skeptical, practical, brave, intelligent, and loyal—can make for a very good leader. While Fortinbras possesses some of these qualities,...

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