Asked • 07/02/19

Inconsistencies in the character of Horatio in Hamlet?

In the Shakespearean tragedy **Hamlet**, Horatio is a friend and "fellow student" of the eponymous prince. A meticulous reading of the text will reveal certain apparent inconsistencies in the depiction of the character of Horatio. For instance, Horatio - who is the primary source of information about King Hamlet - seems to have observed the old king well enough to describe his attire and his physical features such as his hands and beard. He has witnessed the battle between the old king Hamlet and the king of Norway, Fortinbras. In a separate incident, he remembers the frown on the kings face when he> smote the sledded Polacks on the iceduring an argument.In the very next scene, he tells Hamlet> I saw him once ;he was a godly king.How do we reconcile these two statements?

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Heather W. answered • 07/03/19

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Literature instructor, specializing in Shakespeare

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