Roles Of Horatio, Fortinbras, And Laertes In Hamlet

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Shakespeare's valuable ingredients Horatio, Fortinbras, and Laertes Some minor characters in a play can be vital and, could have Roles that could change the whole play, and most importantly they can reveal and illuminate the personalities of other characters. For example in the play Hamlet It obvious that Hamlet's best friend Horatio, his not well-known friend Fortinbras, and his girlfriend's brother Learteas have a big impact on the outgoing of the play Horatio first appears in the first scene of the play as a sceptic and a scholar. His heart and brain act together, this combination makes him a trusted, valued friend, the only whom Hamlet could rely on. On page 119 Hamlet expresses this by these words, "Give me that man that is not passions slave, and I will wear him in my heart's core, ay, in my heart of my heart, as I do thee". Horatio is also really loyal to the prince that at Hamlet's death, he is on the point of committing suicide in order to join his friend.

But then Hamlet told him to live to tell the story. Horatio's role in the play Hamlet, written by William Shakespeare is extremely important. Firstly Horatio was the person who told Hamlet about the ghost. If it wasn't for him Hamlet would never have known about the ghost of Sr. Hamlet. Secondly he he job of watching Claudius while the play was going on in order to see if he showed his guilt. Lastly, at the end of the play, Horatio had to tell everyone the truth about Hamlet. Hamlet could not do it himself because he died along with eight other characters in the play.

The name Fortinbras symbolizes the strong arm of a soldier.

Throughout the play his role was to show strength...