...Love, Family, & Sacrifice The Five People You Meet In Heaven written by Mitch Albom tells a story about a man named Eddie who dies, and before he is allowed into Heaven, he must meet five people who individually have a lesson for him to learn. The Last Lecture by Randy Pausch is a book about himself and his last lecture. Pausch has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and has a short time to live. Both books talk about life, death, sacrifice, courage, and family and the importance these factors played in their characters lives. After reading these two books, one will learn that love, sacrifice, and family play the most important roles in one’s life like they did in Eddie and Pausch’s lives. Pausch talks about the first time he met his wife Jai. He fell in love at first sight. Pausch describes the moment like this “From the moment I met her the day of my visit, I just found myself staring at her she’s a beauty, of course, and she had this gorgeous long hair then, and this smile that said a lot about both her warmth and her impishness” (Pausch 75). Not only did he love her, he appreciated her. Pausch stated “If this talk was to be my moment, I wanted some way to show how much I love and appreciate her” (Pausch 199). Their love was so strong that it overcame any obstacle in their lives. Not every love is perfect, but Pausch and...
Hamlet's Capacity For Self-Sacrifice Essay
1716 WordsNov 22nd, 20137 Pages
Topic: Discuss the ideas developed by the text creator about the individual’s capacity for self-sacrifice in the face of compelling circumstances.
One single moment or event during the course of an individual’s life can effectively alter their priorities and transform their identity drastically. In The play Hamlet, by William Shakespeare, Shakespeare introduces the readers to the protagonist Hamlet who is draped in anger and emotions and has a new-found mission in life. Initially, Hamlet is portrayed as an individual in mourning over his father's death and his mother's haste in remarrying to her brother-in-law and Hamlet's uncle, Claudius. However, Hamlet’s character and personality were drastically altered after meeting the Ghost and…show more content…
He therefore had to act mad even when talking to her because he realized his every move was being watched. This is evident when he told her he is not in love with her and that he never loved her. These statements by Hamlet caused him to inadvertently hurt Ophelia to such a great extent that she committed suicide. As a result, Hamlet was forced to permanently sacrifice his true love out of concern for his own safety and his goal.
Hamlet’s determination and addiction for revenge is confirmed when he is willing to sacrifice his entrance to heaven by separating from his values and beliefs. Initially, Hamlet wishes “that this too too sullied flesh would melt, thaw, and resolve itself into a dew!” He is contemplating suicide as a result of his father’s death and his mother’s haste in remarrying to his father’s brother, Claudius. However, Hamlet brushes off this idea as an option by saying, “Or that the Everlasting had not fixed his canon ‘gainst self-slaughter! Oh, God, God” This portrays the religious beliefs of Hamlet at the time. He wishes suicide was not a sin. However, since it is, he cannot commit it. Similarly, Hamlet also shows his beliefs and values when the Ghost shares his story and then commands Hamlet to avenge his death.