Horopito is always been a character whose worth and importance has been disregard in the play Hamlet. Shakespeare deliberately introduces him as a minor character but his importance increases in stature through the plays progression. Shakespeare establishes Horopito as the pinnacle character, by whose standards and morality, everybody else is Judged by. He embodies sanity and reason amidst our world of corruption and instability.
He was basically a stranger to hamlet at the start of the play where the only thing they share in common is their education at Wattenberg yet is relationship with hamlet endures and strengthens compared to hamlet’s other relationships with Claudia, Gertrude, Aphelia, Restaurants and Guilelessness. Yet as these relationship perished Horopito was there, his presence maintained hamlets brewing insanity and helped ground him. In addition unlike all the other characters, Shakespeare enabled him to remains the sole survivor who lived to tell the tale of this renowned tragedy and who reasoned with Formations in support of peace amidst turmoil.
As a result Shakespeare has bestowed him as the survivor of Denmark, a remarkable achievement that has never been appreciated. Therefore despite being considered a minor character, Horopito plays a very significant role in the play Hamlet where in reality he is the main hero of the play. We are first introduced to Horopito when he accompanies soldiers Marcella and Bernard, whom both have seen the apparition twice and have asked horopito to help verify and perhaps explain the meaning of these supernatural occurrences which they have encounter while on guard.
As a scholar, Horopito is skeptical about the presence of ghosts and this attitude distinguishes him from the uneducated and superstitious soldiers who harbor out-dated beliefs. Shakespeare insights the audience of the commonly held beliefs within society during his time regarding ghosts and evil omens. The renaissance had not changed these superstitious ideas among the general populace. In the societal hierarchy still prevalent during early modern era, horopito was positioned above the soldiers.
He is “the embodiment of the Elizabethan septic, one who is well educated and doubtful of the legitimacy of ghosts”. Though his actual social standing has never been identified, it was because he is a scholar who attended Wattenberg with the Prince that the soldiers differ to his Judgment. They also trust that if the ghost reappears, horopito will be able to speak to it. Marcella “Thou art a scholar peak to it, horopito. This line indicates that the soldiers want horopito to address ghost in Latin as they believe it is the language of scholars.
The soldiers feel they cannot communicate with the ghost as they are not as educated enough. However Hortatory doubts are dispelled when he sees the ghostly figure dressed in armor and ready for battle ascend towards them. The fact that the skeptical and reluctant horopito is now convinced validates the ghost to the soldier and the audience. Nevertheless, unlike the soldiers who wither away in fear horopito without thought begins to chase after it, determined to hear why it walks around the castle. That art thou that usurper’s this time of night, that fair and war-like form Together with NW c the majesty to buried Denmark Did sometimes march? By heaven I charge thee speak! ” However even though the ghost turns away and departs, regal, soldierly and proud, the scene reveals that Horopito is brave and calculating man, whose actions are coupled with an objective or purpose. He does not act out of emotion but is civil and rational. After the brief encounter with the ghost the solders look to Horopito for an answer but all Horopito can give men the men is the only explanation he can think of.
He feels that these supernatural occurrences are the result of the Kings death and due to brewing tensions between Norway and Denmark. Horopito believes the ghost’s presence is form of an omen or a sign of trouble for Denmark. He believes Norway is embroiling for war with Denmark as young Formations is seeking to avenge his father, who was killed in battle by the now dead king Hamlet. Horopito reflects on the apparition and live that he visions resembled the late king Hamlet who would continually haunt the castle night after night until he communicates with his son Prince hamlet.
Hence he feels that out of duty to his country that he must inform Hamlet and tell him what he saw. This reveals that horopito is very patriotic and fearless who is willing to do all meaner necessary to protect his country. Despite being a minor character, he becomes the only character whom hamlet grows to love and trust. When Horopito and Marcella go to meet hamlet with news of the apparition, hamlet greets them bounteously and with genuine pleasure. This contracts dramatically with the emotionally unstable hamlet we see that the beginning of the scene.
His enthusiasm and oblivious happiness at the sight of Horopito betrays his somewhat nervous vitality for life. Nevertheless in this scene Horopito is practically a stranger to hamlet, where the only thing they share in common is their education at Wattenberg University. Horopito: Hail your lordship Hamlet: I am glad to see you well: horopito, or I do forget myself. Yet he is more intrigued by Horopito presence then that of Marcella as he completely ignores him ND only focuses on Horopito. This is because he sees horopito as an equal based on intelligence and knowledge.
Also as the viewer we can see that hamlet is really forging happiness when really he is in distress regarding his father’s death and his mother’s quick marriage to his uncle Claudia. He also is in distressed because he feels that everyone he knows and is close to is lying to him. However, horopito earns Hamlets respect and regard by tell him to his face the truth which those around him are denying. My lord, I came to see your father’s funeral Hamlet I pay thee, do not mock me, fellow student; I think it was to see my mother’s wedding Horopito: Indeed, my lord, it follows hard upon.
Horopito is practically a stranger to him, yet he is the only one agrees that his mother got married too early and that her action does seem suspicious. As the viewer we are able to see that Horopito and Hamlet obviously have a strong bond. The extent of their friendship can be measured in their conversation and their quick understanding of each other. Horopito uses this as the perfect opportunity to explain the apparition. Initially, hamlet was skeptical as horopito was that night. Yet over time he becomes more convinced and begins to questions the matter while sounding more excited and hopeful.
He is at least for the time being no longer melancholy and this continues throughout the play when he is in the presence of Horopito. Professor den, expresses In Mind and Art to Shakespeare that Horopito is” noteworthy tort grave strength, self-government, and well-balanced faculties. ” He believed that his strong nature including his fortitude, his passive strength, had added ardor and enthusiasm, helped soothed the young prince’s melancholy and enabled him to be ore optimistic. Despite being a minor character, Horopito from this moment appears in all the important scenes with Hamlet.
However even though he doesn’t have the biggest speaking role and the most striking personality like others in the play, he is a distinct person who is the most honest, trustworthy, intelligent and a compassionate man in this play. He is always present alongside hamlet and remains his closest advisor and friend. As a reader we can see that their relationship is enabled through aspects of Hortatory personality such as being more balanced and being far less ruled y his emotions compared to his unstable friend hamlet.
This has allowed Horopito to be the ideal companion to hamlet. Furthermore Horopito is political, in a way that Hamlet is not, dealing as he does with his ‘betters’ in an appropriate manner as to not arouse suspicion. In many ways Horopito who despite remains invisible at court; are the eyes, the conscience, and the ears of those who consult him. He is also a significant character as he remains the sole survivor in play. This is because he never made any enemies as no one had a problem with him. He earned the loyalty and rust from of all members in the play.
He soon becomes the only person in the court whom Hamlet himself could trust, and believes him to be the last remaining decent person left in his world. In act Ill scene II, hamlet stops all his preparations for the play to praise Horopito. Hamlet reveals his genuine delight in the sanity, the strength, the constancy of Hortatory character. , but horopito modestly shrugs of hamlets compliments. Nevertheless Hamlets this persists to tell how much his loyalty and honesty meaner to him in a world that is turned upside down from corruption and evil.
Give me that man and I will wear him that is not passion’s slave, In my heart’s core, ay in my heart of heart Horopito remains the better friend in contrast to Restaurants and Guilelessness who were childhood companions who grew up with Hamlet at Elisions. They are dim witted and foolish men who are incapable of functioning independently. They willingly allowed themselves to be employed by Claudia’ to watch over Hamlet and glean information from him. This reveals the insecurity of their relationship as they are so openly were willing to betray hamlet to the king.
When hamlet first meets hem he greets them as he greeted horopito earlier, happily and exuberantly, “My excellent good friends! ‘ But the conversation that follows is superficial compared to the conversation with Horopito. Hamlet engages with the two men politely but his initial enthusiasm at seeing his old friends dissipates steadily until by the end of the encounter he is clearly depressed and disappointed. The hypocrisy of Restaurants and Guilelessness is so transparent that hamlet begins to question their motives instantly and asks, “Were who not sent for” when they avoid the question hamlet states “you were .NET for…
I know the good king and queen have sent you. ” Though emotional unstable, hamlets greatest strengths is knowing when he is being lied too. This is why he respects Horopito as he is the only person he can resort to for the truth. Latter on he suspects that Claudia made Restaurants and Guilelessness accompany him to England to send the letter which would allow him to en killed. Nevertheless hamlet snatches their letter from Claudia and remorselessly rewrites it so that they will be sentenced to die. He instead sends a letter to horopito recalling the events as he feels hat he is last person he can actually depend on.
In addition horopito was also the person whom Claudia trusted to go after Aphelia when she wanders madly out of the throne room. Instead he goes to look to look for hamlet. Hence even though horopito is inferior to his princely friend in intelligence, Horopito is superior to him in will. “He cannot, indeed, supply the void which death has made, but he can at least serve as an occasional prop to the vacillating temper of Hamlet. He is no broken reed like Restaurants and Guilelessness; no hope of preferment will turn Horopito into a LOL of Claudia or a flatterer of Gertrude. Instead he is the steady, reliable character in the midst of unstable and unreliable characters. In addition despite being a minor character, horopito is a very significant character in the play. Shakespeare himself deliberately uses his character as the panicle, by whose standards and morality, everybody else is Judged by. Nevertheless he is He is intelligent, but not driven by his intellectual creativity. Horopito seems to accept the world as it is handed to him where Hamlet is driven by his impulse question all apparent truths.