Why is Hamlet so concerned that Horatio stay alive to tell his story? How much do the other people at the court know at this point?   

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At this point in the play, the other principal characters are dead, or, in Hamlet's case, dying. Horatio, however, still lives and has long been Hamlet's good and trusted friend. Horatio knows all about the ghost of Hamlet's father and has witnessed Claudius 's guilty reaction to the "mousetrap" play. In a corrupt court filled with liars and sycophants, Horatio is one of the few people Hamlet can rely on. We also know that Horatio is a rational person, not given to flights of fancy, and that he has steered clear of involvement with the intrigues that have...

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