In the play Hamlet, William Shakespeare proposed two kinds of men. Horatio is
the character who represents a man of thought. The other kind of man is
represented by Fortinbras, a man of action. Hamlet is the character that
manages to be both, thought and action. Hamlet failed to avenge his father's
death because he was both. According to Shakespeare in the play Hamlet, a man
could not succeed if ge was both action and thought. The most evident man of
thought in the play was Horatio. Horatio sees the world with the eyes of a
scholar and views things in a logical manner. Horatio sees the ghost and
Hamlet says " There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, Than are
dreamt of in your philosophy" (1.5.166-168). This reveals Horatio's attitude to
the audience. It shows that Horatio only believes in what scholars say. Study
is his only purpose I life.
He is admired and used by others for his knowledge,
The audience becomes aware of this admiration when the soldiers use Horatio
the speak with the ghost. Marcellus says "Thou art a scholar; speak to it,
Horatio" ( 1.1.42). The soldiers need Horatio because he is an educated
man. As a man of thought Horatio has a significant role in helping society.
Fortinbras is a man of action. He takes action before he thinks about the
consequences of his actions. The king is making use of these characteristics
when he says "we have to writ to Norway, uncle of young Fortinbras--Who impotent
and bed-rid, scarcely hears of his nephew's purpose to suppress his further
gait" (1.2.29-32). In this quote the king has stopped Fortinbras' invasion of
Denmark. The king was able to do this because Fortinbras didn't consider what
would happen if His uncle...