Hamlet and char. Horatio the man of thought compared to Fortinbras a man of action.

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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...