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Throughout history, kings and common men typically face completely different struggles. While kings might be concerned with fixing a problem affecting the people they rule, common men are often concerned with making ends meet for their family. Despite their differences, the two sides of the social spectrum meet harmoniously when they face the question of whether to run from their problems, or solve their problems. Both Willy Loman and Hamlet are the perfect example of the two ends of this social spectrum meeting. To Willy Loman, the father in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, the key to success in life was being “well liked” (Miller #), unfortunately, chasing after success as Willy shortly discovered led him to the denial of reality which resulted in his ultimate demise. For Hamlet in Shakespeare’s Hamlet, his repeated hesitation to avenge his father’s death caused him to concoct elaborate plans, which led him, in addition to everyone involved to their bloody graves. One of the key lessons both of these men failed to learn was that “running from your problems won’t solve them.”
As seen, both Willy and Hamlet clearly struggle with how to solve their problems. For example, Willy Loman, a middle class American supporting a household of four worked as a salesman for 34 years until his boss essentially told him to gather his things and leave. Willy, a man who deeply cared about his family was heartbroken at the reality that he was fired, despite the fact that he was “well liked” for 34 years, consistently pouring his heart and soul into his profession. In an attempt to continue to support his family and escape the reality of his unemployment, Willy chose to escape his circumstances by killing himself; for he knew his family would b...

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... of them being their way of dealing with issues. Both men run from their issues instead of facing them head on. Interestingly enough, the clear theme seen throughout the life of each one of these men is their deep desire to do justice, undercut by their erroneous way of achieving it. In the end, they both only end up achieving death.

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