Success, although defining different perspectives, depicts a state of mind each human dreams of obtaining before the end of their time. If the task displays immoral actions, however, a different form of success requires acknowledgement just as equally as a task that demonstrates acceptance and heroic deeds. Therefore, every person contains characteristics that describe that of a hero, do they not? Each human has endured hardship and suffering. Each human mind composes itself of superior and appalling traits. Each human mind invents a hero as someone they could not measure up to, no matter how much they hope and dream. In the plays “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare, and “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller, the main characters, Hamlet and Willy Loman, possess several heroic qualities, but unfortunately their fates rest with tragedy.
In William Shakespeare’s famous play, Hamlet, additionally known as the main character, begins with a noble mission to seek revenge on his father’s murderer. A troubled, intelligent, and loyal young man, Hamlet’s quizzical thoughts circulating his mind symbolize a side of every human being, if one allows the mind to wander off on such endeavors. His deep connections with words cause his reality to alter and since he constantly suffers from bereavement, eventually become suicidal. This road appears far too familiar to those who have shaken hands with death before. Although Hamlet never quite conquers the darkness, his fear allows even more weakness and flaws in his character, especially since he fails to ever realize the epitome of his flaws. “Sir, in my heart there was a kind of fighting
That would not let me sleep. Methought I lay
Worse than the mutines in the bilboes. Rashly—
And praised be rashness for it: let us know
Our indiscretion sometimes serves us well
When our deep plots do pall, and that should teach us
There’s a divinity that shapes our ends,
Rough-hew them how we will”...