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By Conner Beihl
How do the sacrifices that proved to be futile and damaging,
enacted primarily by Sethe and Hamlet, reveal more about their
character and a deeper message to the readers?
Hamlet’s Heroism and Courage
“With wings as swift as meditation or the thoughts of love, may
sweep to my revenge.”(34)
“As I perchance hereafter shall think meet to put an antic
disposition on.”(40)
Hamlet’s Sacrifice
“The potent poison quite o’ecrows my spirit.”(176)

“So tell him, with th’ occurrents, more and less, which have been
solicited— The rest is silence”(176)
“For me, with sorrow I embrace my fortune”(178)

“Take up the bodies”(178)

Hamlet’s Reward
“Drink off this potion. Is that union here? Follow my mother.”(175)
Sethe's Sacrifice
“[Sethe] holding up a blood soaked child to her chest with one hand
and an infant by the heels in the other.” (175)
“No more powerful than the way I loved her,”(5)

“Ten minutes, he said. You got ten minutes I’ll do it for free.”(5)
Sethe's Confidence
“I stopped him”(193)

“I took and put my babies where they’d be safe.”(193)

Sethe's Vacant Rewards
“Beloved was making her pay for it. But there would never be an
end to that,”(295)

“ 'Your mother all right?’ 'No,’ said Denver. 'No. No not a bit all
right.’ ”(314)
The Real Heroes

Horatio & Denver


In the end, the reward gained by Sethe and Hamlet was dipped in
too much of their blood and anguish to have been proved of worthy
value. Resulting in a demonstration of deeper characteristics and
Works Cited

“Hamlet's Capacity For Self-Sacrifice Essay.” Bartleby, Bartleby Writing, 22 Nov. 2013,

“My Kingdom for a Horse - Meaning and Usage.” Literary Devices, 20 Sept. 2017,

“A Mother's Sacrifice: Tracing the Literary History of Maternal Love.” Google, Google, 7 Aug. 2015,