Man Vs. Himself

analytical Essay
2000 words
2000 words

fulfillment is what people live for, without it how can a person live? A failed search for self-fulfillment often leads to death. Demonstrated in A Tale of Two Cites, Hamlet, and A Death of a Salesman, each novel includes one character that struggles to fulfill his life, which results in death. Self-fulfillment can include being loved, wealthy, happiness, remembered, respected, or even a being hero. Sadly if none of these objectives is met, the character seems to think death is the only way option. “Nothing great will ever be achieved without great men, and men are great only if they are determined to be so” as said by Charles DeGaulle, relates to each character in the three novels that they were never determined to improve their life.
The first example of failed self-fulfillment resulting in death is Willy Loman’s from the novel A Death of a Salesman. Loman fails to be “well-liked” and also fails to provide for his family and decides that the only way to provide for them is to commit suicide so they can collect the insurance money. Loman spent most of his life trying to convince his family that he is the best in the business and he wants his sons, Biff and Happy to be the same. Willy tells his sons that with his success he’ll be “Bigger than Uncle Charley! Because Charley is not -- liked. He's liked, but he's not -- well liked.”(Miller, I.iii) Little do Biff and Happy know, that their father isn’t liked at all, he’s just trying to fulfill one of his goals in life, being “well-liked”. Later when Loman is fired from his job he starts to think about all the hard work he’s contributed to wanting to become successful and then concludes that, “Funny, y'know? After all the highways, and the trains, and the appointments, and the years, you end up worth more dead than alive.”(Miller, II.iv) Now Willy starts to see death as the only way to provide for his family, but he also believes that with his death, he’ll be able to prove to others that he was “well liked” because his funeral will be massive.
”Oh, Ben, that's the whole beauty of it! I see it like a diamond, shining in the dark, hard and rough, that I can pick up and touch in my hand. Not like -- like an appointment! This would not be another damned-fool appointment, Ben, and it changes all the aspects.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how the characters in a tale of two cites, hamlet, and a death of a salesman struggle to fulfill their life, which leads to death.
  • Analyzes how willy loman's failed self-fulfillment resulting in death is from the novel a death of a salesman. he spent most of his life trying to convince his family that he is the best in the business.
  • Opines that the funeral will be massive, and the old-timers with the strange license plates -- that boy is thunder-struck because he never realized -- i am known.
  • Analyzes how willy commits suicide because he's unable to reach self-fulfillment. hamlet, whose father is killed, comes back as a ghost hoping that his son will
  • Analyzes how hamlet, a weak-minded character, can't decide whether to murder claudius or ignore the ghost and live as if nothing happened.
  • Opines that it's nobler to suffer the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune or to take arms against a sea of troubles. to die, to sleep—no more—and to say we end the heartache and the thousand natural shocks.
  • Analyzes how hamlet's confusion contributed to his poor judgment in accepting a battle between himself and laertes, knowing that he would probably be killed.
  • Analyzes how sydney carton sacrifices his life for lucie manette in a tale of two cities to prove his love for her.
  • Opines that if one could say, with truth, to their own solitary heart, tonight, they would have secured to themselves the love and attachment, the gratitude and respect of no human creature.
  • Concludes that carton saw this sacrifice as a way to make up for his unhappiness, sacrificing his life for darnay's.
  • Analyzes how willy, who failed to reach self-fulfillment, saw death as a way to provide for his family and prove that he is "well-liked".
  • Opines that the tragic feeling is evoked when we are in the presence of a character who is ready to lay down his life, if need be, to secure one thing — his sense of personal dignity.
  • Analyzes how hamlet, who died to fulfill his father's wishes, struggled in the sense that he was confused. claudius the brother of the father stepped in and took such a position. sydney carton saw sacrifice as an attempt to reach self-fulfillment.
  • Concludes that willy loman, hamlet, and sydney carton never reached self-fulfillment, leading them to their deaths.
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