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Why does Horatio consider killing himself and what does Hamlet say to stop him?  

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Hamlet has an incredibly difficult time finding people he can trust, but Horatio proves to be his reliable confidant throughout the play. Through his conversations with Horatio, the reader is able to learn of Hamlet's true nature and deepest fears.

Just before the "play within a play," Hamlet says this to Horatio:

Horatio, thou art e'en as just a man
As e'er my conversation cop'd withal. (III.ii.47-48)

Horatio embodies all the qualities that Hamlet expects he could possibly find in a man. And later:

Does thou hear?
Since my dear soul was mistress of her choice,
And could of men distinguish her election,
Sh'hath seal'd thee for herself. For thou hast been
As one, in suff'ring all, that suffers nothing;
A man that Fortune's buffets and rewards
Hast ta'en with equal thanks... (III.ii.56-62)

Hamlet has chosen Horatio as his friend because he accepts hardship and his fate graciously. Throughout the play, Horatio is bold on behalf of Hamlet (Remember how he aided Hamlet in speaking with the ghost early in the...

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