Hamlet/Death of a Salesman Essay
Procrastination is a fascinating thing, it can change the path that you take in life and the way that you can live the rest of your life. Hamlet and Willy Loman are both major procrastinators and when they have to take action they always have a reason not to. They over think the task, procrastinate thinking there will always be a better chance to do what they have to do, and always would rather someone else do the job for them. For Willy Loman and Hamlet Prince of Denmark making decisions and following through with them are very challenging, they make bad decisions all the time and it costs them their lives.
Willy Loman and Hamlet are thinkers not doers, they have a history of thinking and fantasizing about what they can or could do in the future. Even thought they have these great thoughts they don’t think about how they are going to get there. In the play Death Of a Salesman Willy Loman sons have a very hard time deciding what they would like to do with their life in the future. They come up with multiple ideas about it but never are able to pull through with the ideas. Willy with his two sons Happy and biff are in an argument about what biff is going to do with his life. Happy has an idea that is totally unrealistic and impossible to achieve. “Wait a minute! Got and idea. I got a feasible idea. Come here, Biff, let’s talk this over now, Let’s talk some sense here. When I was down in Florida last time, I thought of a great idea to sell sporting goods. It just came back to me. You and I, Biff-we have a line, the Loman line. We train a couple of weeks, and put on a couple of exhibitions, see?” (Pg. 63).
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Happy is out of his mind thinking that this is going to work, What makes him think that people are going to want to go pay to see two average Joes play sports that they are not even good at. This idea soon dies out when the boys try to get some money and find that no one wants to give it to them. Willy has absolutely no common sense and believes that this will work. He believes that the boys will be able to make a huge amount of money off of this scam. “Lick the world! You guys together could absolutely lick the civilized world!” (Pg.65).
This is another showing of hot the whole family can only think about how the boys will do so well with this idea but really they have no chance because no one wants to go see them. They think about licking the world but they never will be able to do that. Willy has corrupted his family in to this fake thought that every thing you do comes easy, and nothing could be farther from the troth.
Hamlet is a great thinker but when it comes to having to act on his thoughts Hamlet has a really hard time translating thoughts into actions. One of the things that hamlet is really shaken up by is the passing of Fortenbras through Denmark. Hamlet is talking to the Caption of the Norwegian army. And is wondering what they are doing attacking Poland, Hamlet has a sudden realization that these men are walking into there death and they have no problem with that, and he cant even kill the man who killed his father? “How all occasions do inform against me, and spur my dull revenge! What is a man if his chief good and market of his time Be but to sleep and feed? A beast, no more. Sure, he that made us with such large discourse, looking before and after, gave us not that capability and godlike reason to fust in us unused. Now, whether it be bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple”. Hamlet has a realization that he should be able to go throught with his plan to kill the king who killed his fauther, because twenty thousand men can go fight over a meaning less peace of land and he cant kill the man who killed him. This is a wake up call for him and he later answers the call. Hamlet has just left talking with the caption of the Norwegian army and he is thinking what the hell he is doing just sitting here doing nothing about his father and mother.
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“Now, whether it be Bestial oblivion, or some craven scruple Of thinking too precisely on th’ event— A thought which, quartered, hath but one part wisdom And ever three parts coward—I do not know Why yet I live to say Sith I have cause and will and strength and means To do ’t. Examples gross as earth exhort me. Witness this army of such mass and charge Led by a delicate and tender prince, Whose spirit with divine ambition puffed Makes mouths at the invisible event, Exposing what is mortal and unsure To all that fortune, death, and danger dare, Even for an eggshell. Rightly to be great Is not to stir without great argument, But greatly to find quarrel in a straw When honor’s at the stake. How stand I then, That have a father killed, a mother stained, Excitements of my reason and my blood, And let all sleep—while, to my shame, I see The imminent death of twenty thousand men, That for a fantasy and trick of fame Go to their graves like beds, fight for a plot Whereon the numbers cannot try the cause, Which is not tomb enough and continent To hide the slain? Oh, from this time forth, My thoughts be bloody, or be nothing worth!” Hamlet cannot believe that he is such a coward and he says that he is thinking to much. Also he says that the task is plain as the ground beneath him so he is trying to motivate himself to kill the king.