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Hamlet and Death of a Salesman Relationships The different relationships that a person experiences throughout their life greatly affects their state of mind If a person is already troubled then their mental health is susceptible to being swayed for better or worse Hamlet and Death of a Sales Man are plays which focus on the power a relationship has over ones state of mind In Hamlet it is Hamlet himself whose mental state is altered by relationships in his life Similarly in Death of a Sales Man the relationships of the main character Willy Loman transform his state of mind as well From the start Willy and Hamlet are psychologically troubled As the play progresses each mans state of mind is exacerbated by their relationships with Starnino 2 intimate partners friends and family In the play Hamlet Hamlets intimate relationship with Ophelia changes his mental state for the worse In a letter Hamlet wrote Ophelia it says Doubt thou the stars are fire Doubt that the sun doth move Doubt truth to be a liar But never doubt I love Shakespeare 22116-120 This poem clearly indicates that Hamlet suspects Ophelia of lying to him but never the less he still loves her Love is a powerful emotion and its effect over mind and body are tremendous This battle between Hamlets heart and his trust in Ophelia would affect the strongest of minds Similarly in Death of a Salesman Willys wife Linda negatively affects his state of mind The only difference here is that Linda is unconscious as to how her actions are affecting Willy Lindas effect on Willy is shown when she is in the
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