Study Guide

Horatio in Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead

By Tom Stoppard

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Horatio (in Hamlet) is Hamlet's friend and confidante. He believes him even when others are saying that he is mad, and corroborates Hamlet when he thinks he sees his father's ghost. He only appears once here, in the close of the play. He wants all of the bodies to be placed on a stage and he says that he will tell the story of what happened truly. Yet his speech is cut short because the music of the play drowns out his voice and the stage goes dark before he finishes. We include him only because he functions as a harbinger of truth in Hamlet, but here has practically no role.

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