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” Miriam and Leila 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 Miriam. Miriam 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 Miriam does she Is never going to be right. Yes Miriam follows these laws but she also stands up for what she believes in.Meaning, when it comes down to something Miriam loves she will fight for it. In part 3 of this story Miriam 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 Rehashed she does the heroic thing and accepts the fact that she murdered someone and assumes the responsibility for her actions. When her best friend tryst to persuade her to come with her, running away, Miriam 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, Leila Joe. 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 defined earlier Is, Leila. All was Just as much of a hero In this story as, her role model, Miriam was. Leila stood up for what she believed in this novel like no other.Leila shows traits that I would also like to point out, she fights for what she believes in, she respects the ones she loves, but she does lie to protect herself, which is important to defining a hero. Hero’s can be perceived as this perfect human being with no flaws but no one can actually make it through an entire life without making mistakes.
Being a hero means if you do mess up and do something out of the so-called “heroic” parameters you fix the Issue the way an honorable person would. This idea is shown through Leila in a portion of this novel vividly.Leila has disrespected Miriam by marrying Rehashed to hide her pregnancy with Atari, but one night when Leila refuses to have sex with Rehashed, events occur that show that Leila will risk her life to protect the one she cares about. This event is shown in the story through the following quote, ” Rehashed raised the belt again and came at Miriam. Then an astonishing thing happened: The girl lunged at him. She this novel that Leila shows her heuristic traits is when Rehashed starts to beat Miriam. The way that Leila reacts shows that someone she loves comes come before the limitations her society puts on her.
When Rehashed starts to beat Miriam, Leila punches Rehashed so hard that he stumbles back a couple steps, but she hit him knowing that once she did, the attention would be brought from Miriam to Leila. This shows that Leila would rather take physical harm to protect someone she loves. The third and final character that represents someone who shows “Heroism” comes from the play “Hamlet. Hamlet is an extremely dynamic character and shows many heuristic traits. In this play, Hamlet is faced with extremely hard situations to cope with.The play basically opens with him losing his father and his uncle marrying his mom. For a young boy to have to cope with this turn of events shows a great deal in its self.
After Hamlet speaks with the ghost of his father, he is faced with the request of his father to avenge his death. After all that he is faced with Hamlet has to juggle the fact that his uncle murdered his father and his mother married him shortly there-after and his friends not being able to know about the real way his ether died can take an extreme toll on his sanity.After all this being said and took in consideration, Hamlet makes a mistake and kills Polonium thinking he was Claudia. At the duel between Hamlet and Alerts Hamlet says something that shows the meaning of a hero, “Hamlet agrees to fight, saying that “all’s ill here about my heart,” but that one must be ready for death, since it will come no matter what one does. ” This quote shows that no matter what happens in the proceeding moments Hamlet is doing something that his heart desires, and something he feels right. It doesn’t always have to be the right thing being done, but something makes you a hero to yourself.Hamlet also displays traits showing the thought of a hero; when before the duel between him and Alerts he says, “Give me your pardon, sir: Vie done wrong; But pardon’s as you are a gentleman.
This presence knows, And you must needs have heard, how I am punished with sore distraction. What I have done, that might your nature, honor and exception roughly awake, I here proclaim was madness. ” Hamlet showing his apologies and accepting what he did was wrong, and openly admitting to t in front of a crowd is representing his honor and gratitude.In the novel “A Thousand Splendid Suns” and the play “Hamlet” the word “Hero” is defined in unbelievable fashion. These two pieces have made a clear understanding of this definition. No matter the issues or problems one may be going through if they are able to please themselves and do what they feel is the right thing to do, you can be your own hero. Hero is such a small word with a huge meaning behind it, and if someone can live by that definition they will partake in a wonderful life that no one will be able to fault.