Horatio, Hamlet’s best and only friend, was the first to deal with the old king’s ghost. He is brave enough to face it and even tries to talk to it while others are merely staring and shivering. Later he accompanies Hamlet in his encounter with the ghost. Horatio represents good sense, skepticism and a true friendship. He is the one among those few who know the true reasons of the prince’s supposed madness. Hamlet dies in his arms, making his famous last statements, and a little later Horatio promises Fortinbras and everyone else to tell the true story of what happened there.
Horatio in the Essays