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Written by Jezkalyn
(6/5/2003 1:50 p.m.)
in consequence of the missive, Antique Roman, penned by Laraine
Thank you for pointing that out. I guess I wasn't clear about what that meant exactly. I was thinking something the opposite.
] Hamlet asks him to absent himself from felecity a while and tell the story.
And it does say "a while."
] So after the story is told, what do you think Horatio does? If he is not passion's slave, then he meant what he said about killing himself: it wasn't just a grief-induced, spur-of-the-moment decision, since he doesn't do those. Or does he?
The continuing stoooory....:-) I think I'd have to say, as much as I hate to say it, Horatio tells the story and then kills himself. Perhaps he is only left standing at the end of the play to fulfill his role as observer and narrator? But, lord love him, he's still standing!
Or.... (cue dream music)...he goes back to school a changed man and becomes a professor at Wittenberg (if that was possible). He lives to a ripe old age and tells the story to many generations so that, many, many years later, a young playwrite by the name of Shakespeare hears it and makes it into a play. That way Shakespeare could say, "No, really, it is a true story! I heard it from this guy who heard it from jis grandfather who heard it from some professor he had."
All kidding aside, he does believe enough in the "wondrous strange" things in this world to go get a good look at the ghost himself. If he were such a stoic and passionless man, he would have told Marcellus and Bernardo that there is no such things as ghosts.
We shall never know, but I think this at least proves that there is a lot more to Horatio than meets the eye. He seems to be written off so often - which I don't think neither he, nor Shakespeare deserves.
I think my brain is exploding now.... ;-)
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