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World Literature
Essay 4
05-02-12
Heroism
A hero is someone who lives their life not to please others, but lives in such a fashion that they can die knowing that everything they said or did was based on what their heart desired. There are three characters in this sections reading that apply to this definition of a hero. From “A Thousand Splendid Suns” Mariam and Laila are both heroes and from “Hamlet,” and Hamlet is the third hero according to this definition of a hero.

In the book “A Thousand Splendid Suns,” there are two characters that fit the role as hero in my eyes. The first character from this story is Mariam. Mariam is an extremely hard workingwoman who as assumed her role in society. The role in this society that her and many others deal with day in and day out is shown in the text through the quote that follows; “Like a compass needle that points north, a man’s accusing finger always finds a woman.” No matter what Mariam does she is never going to be right. Yes Mariam follows these laws but she also stands up for what she believes in. Meaning, when it comes down to something Mariam loves she will fight for it. In part 3 of this story Mariam encounters a situation where she either had to kill someone who was in the wrong or let someone she loved be murdered. After choosing to protect the one she loves and murders Rasheed she does the heroic thing and accepts the fact that she murdered someone and assumes the responsibility for her actions. When her best friend trys to persuade her to come with her, running away, Mariam responds with “For me it ends here. There’s nothing more I want. Everything I’d ever wished for as a little girl you’ve already given me. You and your children have made me so very happy. It’s all right, Laila jo. This is all right. Don’t be sad.” These words define the hero she is, she did what she believed in and she protected the ones she loved. The second character in this plot that shows personality traits of being a hero, as...
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