Caring for Others

Throughout the city of Lincoln, caring for others is evident in the entire community. There are numerous organizations that work specifically to help those who need it. And there are many people who take extra time out of their lives, to improve the lives of others. I feel that this center adds to the feel of the community of Lincoln. When people say that Lincoln is a happy place to live, I can honestly say it is a happy place to stay. In my life, I believe that the main characters of my play are my parents, my brother, and my friends. They make the most impact in my life and have the most influence on the parts of the community of Lincoln I experience every day. I thought that using caring as a center from Hamlet would be a new look on the plot because the center is not extremely evident. It is a more unique project because there isn’t a whole lot of examples of the center of caring throughout Hamlet. In the story, the character Horatio focuses on caring for others and loyalty. In Hamlet, his caring is extremely evident because it is such a different feel than the rest of the story. The entire story is focused on hatred, revenge, selfishness, and power. And only portions of the story really have anything to do with respect and caring for others. I believe that this project will be one of the only projects that is focused on the center of caring.


Help me! I need you!

“Here, sweet Lord, at your service.” “Horatio, thou art e’en as just a man as e’er my conversation coped withal. (Act 3, Scene 2)

I titled this picture “help me! I need you!” because the picture is of an exam room. And when you are visiting an exam room, you are visiting the doctor. And when we visit the doctor we are in need of the help they are able to give us. We come to an exam room when we are sick, and need the support of a professional to get us back to health. Horatio was that doctor for Hamlet. When Hamlet needed someone to care for him and comfort him Horatio was right there waiting. Horatio was ready to care for Horatio whenever he needed him. And he “had his doctorate” in caring for others. Horatio was definitely good at what he did, just as a doctor is good at treating our illnesses. Hamlet even complemented Horatio on his caring in the quote used to caption this picture. “Horatio, thou art e’en as just a man as e’er my conversation coped withal.” What Hamlet is saying here is, you are the best man I’ve ever known. We like to visit doctors we know are good at what they do, just as Hamlet went to Horatio when he needed someone to care for him. He knew Horatio was good at what he did. The table in the picture represents support for Hamlet when Horatio isn’t always there. While Hamlet isn’t around Horatio he can still rely on Horatio’s caring. When we are sick, we can rely on the comfort the exam table can give us if we are in pain when we wait for the doctor to provide the complete caring we need.


Guide me through life

“If your mind dislike anything, obey it. I will forestall their repair hither and say you are not fit.” (Act 5, Scene 2)

If you are in need of some guidance, the guidance center is the place to go. You go to the guidance center when you need someone who cares about your wellbeing, to lead you down a path that will result in positivity. During Hamlet, Horatio was always there for Hamlet just as Mrs. Fredericks is there for all the students at Lincoln Lutheran. Horatio was always willing to care for Hamlet, especially when he was in great need of guidance. Hamlet was facing eventual death when he received the information about the joust, and to protect him Horatio tried to guide Hamlet towards the safer option. He cared so much about Hamlet that he was willing to lie just to protect him. Mrs. Fredericks is always willing to protect our well-being in times of trouble by guiding us towards the proper path. Horatio tried to care for Hamlet and protect him from death. The sign of the guidance center is above everything because in a proper community, caring for others and guiding others should be the top priority. However, in the community in Hamlet does not value caring for others, and guiding others down the right path. Horatio was the only one within the community that valued caring for others. If every character valued caring for others like Horatio did, the characters wouldn’t have all died.


Caring for everyone!

“Hello, sir. God bless you.” “May he bless you, too.” (Act 4, Scene 6)

Through the community outreach team, students at Lincoln Lutheran were blessed to show caring to those in the community of Lincoln who may need it more than others. Horatio was the entire community outreach team for the community within the story of Hamlet. Horatio was a worker for the highest of the high within this community. He had a job working with the King, and he was the prince’s best friend. He definitely was not on the bottom of the totem pole. But that didn’t stop him from caring for all those he encountered. The sailor, who was definitely lower on the socioeconomic pole in comparison to Horatio, came to Horatio. As usual, he used this as an opportunity to care for others no matter what status within the community they withheld. He could have disregarded the comment made by the sailor. But he decided to show a tender caring spirit towards the sailor, and respond with “may he bless you, too.” This is very closely related to the community outreach team because when students go on servant events, they are taking every opportunity they have to care for everyone they encounter. Whether it is through making meals, building a house, or fundraising, the community outreach team takes this time to care for others. Just as Horatio cared for others. He didn’t ask for anything in return. It was out of the goodness of his heart. Just as the community outreach team does. They both receive no benefit, except the warm feeling caring for others bring.


You got a friend in me.

“The same, my lord, and your poor servant ever.” “Sir, my good friend; I’ll change that name with you.” (Act 1, Scene 2)

Horatio and Hamlet throughout the entire story were great friends. Horatio’s caring heart fueled the friendship and it is obvious throughout the story, that Horatio’s caring behavior held their relationship together. It took a strong caring mindset to stick to Hamlet as he was crazy throughout the entire story. And Horatio was that exact friend Hamlet needed. As you can see in the picture, there are two friends. And it requires caring for one another to keep a friendship together. What is very interesting is that not only was Horatio a good, caring friend to Hamlet. But he was humble about it, and wasn’t full of himself. And Hamlet respected him for that. Caring, respect, and loyalty are all required in a friendship. And Horatio showed that throughout the entire plot. And it definitely took a lot of caring to make sure Hamlet didn’t get into too much trouble. This quote is found in Act 1, Scene 2. The beginning of the story. Horatio’s caring heart created a center of caring throughout the entire story. Horatio kept the caring center afloat for the entire story, and it began in the beginning. It didn’t grow as the story went on. Just as these two became friends and showed caring towards each other in the beginning of them knowing each other. And that center of caring has fueled the relationship they have now throughout the entire time they have known each other.


I can’t find it!

“Well, my lord. If he steal aught the whilst this play is playing, and ‘scape detecting, I will pay the theft.” (Act 3, Scene 2)

This picture shows things scattered all over the place. And it would be hard to find certain things within this scattered mess. It would be much easier to find specific things if they were laid on the top. In Hamlet, caring for others was scattered throughout the plot, and there weren’t many examples anyways. Horatio seemed to be the only character within the entire community that actually cared for others. For example, the quote used above is one of the only examples of caring for others within the entire act. If the center of caring for others was constant throughout the story it would be much easier for the reader to notice. But because there is so much scattering of this center, it is hard to even notice that it is a theme of the story. For example, the small pack of gum is the center of caring within the story. But the center of hatred, power, and selfishness are the government text book, the ethics notebook, and the government notebook. These centers for example, blanket the other centers like caring for others, friendship and loyalty because they are much more evident and large. But when the centers are scattered, the less obvious centers can get smothered by the more obvious centers. And the small pack of gum can often become lost within the pile. And caring for others becomes less important because it isn’t found. But Horatio’s efforts to care for others shined in scattered areas of the book, just as  the pack of gum is showing its true colors among the other items.


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