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Dreams and Success in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Dreams and Success in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman       In Arthur Miller's play, Death of a Salesman, Miller probes the dream of Willy Lowman while making a statement about the dreams of American society. This essay will explore how each character of the play contributes to Willy's dream, success, and failure.             Willy is the aging salesman whose imagination is much larger than his sales ability. Willy's wife, Linda, stands by her husband even in his absence of realism. Biff and Happy follow in their father's fallacy of life....   [tags: Death Salesman essays Arthur Miller]
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Literary Analysis: Death of a Salesman - "After all the highways, and the trains, and the years, you end up worth more dead than alive," (Miller, 98). This quote was spoken by the main character of the Arthur Miller play Death of a Salesman: Willy Loman. This tragedy takes place in Connecticut during the late 1940s. It is the story of a salesman, Willy Loman, and his family’s struggles with the American Dream, betrayal, and abandonment. Willy Loman is a failing salesman recently demoted to commission and unable to pay his bills. He is married to a woman by the name of Linda and has two sons, Biff and Happy....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Role of Women in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Role of Women in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman    Death of a Salesman is of course about a salesman, but it is also about the American dream of success. Somewhere in between the narrowest topic, the death of a salesman, and the largest topic, the examination of American values, is Miller's picture of the American family. This paper will chiefly study one member of the family, Willy's wife, Linda Loman, but before examining Miller's depiction of her, it will look at Miller's depiction of other women in the play in order to make clear Linda's distinctive traits....   [tags: Death Salesman Essays Miller Papers]
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The Tragedy of "Death of a Salesman" - ... Usually that person is a famous or important figure. That would certainly indicate that Miller meant for the play to be a tragic commentary the effect of the American dream of success has on American society. Consequently, since Willy is representative of many people like him and their collective dreams greatly influence American society then Death of a Salesman is truly a tragedy” (enotes.com). This play may still be labeled a tragedy despite the fact that Willy is a common man. In today’s society there are different expectations for the tragedy genre....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Death of a Salesman Analysis - ... The most prominent liar is Willy; Gerald Weales, literary critic from New York, comments on Willy Loman’s lying are: “Willy tries to be a kidder, a caution, a laugh-a-minute; he shares his culture’s conviction that personality is a matter of mannerism and in the sharing develops a style of that is compounded of falseness…His act, however, is as much for himself as it is for his customers. The play shows quite clearly that from the beginning of his career Willy has lied about the size of his sales, the warmth of his reception, the number of his friends....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Factors Contributing to Willy's Death in Death of a Salesman - Willy Loman a self-doubting, delusional salesman enters his house with two empty suitcases; he failed to sell anything that day. He was greeted by his loving wife Linda and asked where he was all day. Willy replied by saying that he went as far as a little above Yonkers. Willy explains to Linda that he suddenly couldn’t drive anymore. In page 13 Willy explains “suddenly I realize I’m going’ sixty miles an hour and I don’t remember the last five minutes. Linda tries to comfort him by saying it’s your glasses and also by saying that you haven’t gotten enough rest....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay] 809 words
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Failure of the America Dream in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman - Failure of the America Dream in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman         Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman examines Willy Lowman’s struggle to hold on to his American Dream that is quickly slipping from his grasp. As Americans, we are all partners in the “dream” and Willy’s failure causes each of us anxiety since most of us can readily identify with Willy. Most Americans can readily identify with Willy. As children, our minds are filled with a “marketing orientation” as soon as we are able to be propped-up in front of the television....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]
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Self-Defeating Ideals in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and The Price - Self-Defeating Ideals in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and The Price When people accept an ideal to live by it can be a glorious and noble thing unless they become so obsessed with the ideal that it becomes a yolk and they are unable to realize their dream. This is especially true for two characters in Arthur Miller's plays Death of a Salesman and The Price. In these two plays Miller portrays two lower-middle class men, Willie Loman and Victor Franz, respectively, who each live by an ideal that ultimately is self-defeating....   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 967 words
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The Midlife Crises in Death of a Salesman, Alfred J. Prufrock, and American Beauty - The Midlife Crises in Death of a Salesman, Alfred J. Prufrock, and American Beauty       Disillusioned and disenchanted, both Arthur Miller's Willy Loman and American Beauty's Lester Burnham share sexual frustrations and a dissatisfied longing for their respective pasts, but Willy, like T.S. Eliot's equivocating Prufrock, is unable to move beyond the failures inherent in his mediocrity and instead retreats into his delusions.   On the surface, Willy and Lester have all the elements of settled, prosaic lives shaped from the pattern of the "American Dream": large homes in middle- or upper-class neighborhoods, successful children, loving wives....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]
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Blending of Past, Present, and Future in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Blending of Past, Present, and Future in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman       The most significant and challenging aspect to Death of a Salesman is its structure. In reading and watching the play it may appear at first that Miller is relying on the tried but true "flashback" technique in dramatizing the events of the play. In reality, Miller is actually attempting something much different. He is actually trying to fuse the past, present, and future into, what David Biele has aptly termed, a "constant state of NOW." It's not too unlike the Buddhist notion of living in the "eternal present" - meaning, whether we are conscious of it or not, everything that happens, happens now....   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 1033 words
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Common Man Tragedy in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Common Man Tragedy in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman The idea of dramatic tragedy is a classical one, discussed in Aristotle's Poetics. Before it can be established as to whether Miller really has written a tragedy or not, the very concept of tragedy must be investigated. Aristotle asserted, 'Tragedy is a representation, an imitation, of an action.1. He went on to outline the common features tragic drama must have. Tragedy has six elements, which, in order of importance, are: plot, character, thought, music, language, and spectacle....   [tags: Arthur Miller Death Salesman Essays Papers]
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Letter To Linda for Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman - Dear Mother, Since I have been visiting your sister’s family for a while now, I do believe that I must inform you of the state in which this family is in. I have some concerns in regards to the well being of the four members living under this tension-filled roof. I am watching a horrible train wreck that is just about to occur right before my baby blue eyes. Linda seems to be a very giving woman. She resembles you, my mother, very much. The difference comes in years; she looks much older than you....   [tags: Arthur Miller Death Salesman] 1540 words
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Willy's Obsession with the American Dream in Death of a Salesman - In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman we see the negative effect of having an absent parent. The main character Willy Loman is a salesman who constantly struggles with trying to be what he considers “successful,” and “well liked.” He has two sons Biff and Happy and is married to Linda. Willy also struggles between illusion and reality; he has trouble defining and distinguishing the past from the present. Between his financial struggles and not feeling like he accomplished anything, he commits suicide....   [tags: Arthur Miller, Literary Analysis] 825 words
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Dreams in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Do you ever have a dream. What is your dream. Having a dream is crucial for people to work hard to make the dream come true. In Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman, the main character, had a dream— to be a well-liked salesman—and had strived for this dream throughout his whole life. But he committed suicide to end his life. He was not happy in the process of achieving his dream. Arthur Miller, the author, reveals a negative attitude towards Willy’s behavior and beliefs. Willy is a man with flaws that leads to his downfall....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay] 867 words
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Willy's Struggle for Identity in "Death of a Salesman" - Throughout his life, Willy Loman thinks of himself as well-liked in the play "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller. It is the most important attribute to him. Willy lived his life thinking he had thousands of friends all over the New England territory and that he would be recognized anywhere he would go. He boasts this to his sons and they think he is the greatest man on Earth. He raises his two sons, Biff and Happy, to be well-liked and Willy does not care about their grades. He believes they will be better prepared for the business world if they are well-liked, and does not think education matters as much as personality, appearance, and physical skill....   [tags: American Literature] 1480 words
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Death of a Salesman – Pride; the Deterioration of Dignity - A tragic hero is commonly known as a character of nobility that undergoes a fatal change which ultimately results in a tragedy. Arthur Miller, however, has a slightly different view in regards to what a tragic hero is. He asserts that a tragic hero does not necessarily have to be a character of nobility, instead can be an average person in possession of a tragic flaw. In Death of a Salesman, a play written by Arthur Miller, the criteria of a modern tragic hero are best expressed and demonstrated through the main character, Willy Loman....   [tags: American Theater]
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Death Of A Salesman - Minor Characters - In the play Death of a Salesman, the plot is affected by three minor characters: Ben, Charley and Howard. The minor characters help the story's protagonist, Willy, develop extensively throughout the course of the play; therefore, they are key elements in the advancing story line. This story line blends and contrasts Willy's closest companions, Ben and Charley. They represent two aspects of Willy's ideals. Howard, Willy's boss, functions in order to heighten the destruction of Willy's dream. The characters Ben, Charley and Howard are influential in the play's outcome and help develop the main character, Willy....   [tags: essays research papers] 567 words
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Info On Death Of A Salesman Summary - Info On Death Of A Salesman Summary Willy Loman, an elderly failing salesman whose salary has been taken away and works on straight commission, returns home from a sales trip that he could not complete. He is weary and tired of life on the road. His two grown sons, Biff and Happy have returned home to visit. Biff has lost his way in life and has returned home after 15 years of drifting. Happy, who lives in his own apartment is also home to visit. Willy has a conversation with his wife, Linda, as he gets ready for bed....   [tags: English Literature] 958 words
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Pride in Macbeth and Death of a Salesman - Pride in Macbeth and Death of a Salesman Any great accomplishment can make someone feel proud about their work. It makes one feel good; it raises a person's spirits. "No question, pride has its good points." (The Toronto Star, Nov 1999) Then again, there are also the bad points of pride one must consider, before being proud. Pride can deceive a person into being ambitious, and make them strive for something that is not rightfully theirs. Both Macbeth and Willy encountered this problem. Pride can also cause a bad relationship with the people one loves most....   [tags: Papers] 857 words
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Dreams in Death of a Salesman. - Dreams in Death of a Salesman. In this essay I’m going to consider Arthur Miller’s perception of dreams, particularly the American Dream. Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman" is a detailed review on the capitalist American society of the 1940s and also on human psychology and how much materialistic success means to us. He uses the misfortunes of a salesman named Willy Loman to illustrate this. Miller introduces the Loman family in a depressing mood (dim lighting is used and shows a house that has "towering, angular shapes" surrounding it and with little furniture)....   [tags: English Literature] 1397 words
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The Modern Tragedy: Death Of A Salesman - A Modern Tragedy A form of drama in which a person of superior intelligence and character is overcome by the very obstacles he/she is struggling to remove defines a tragedy as most people know it. However, tragedy can reflect another aspect of life: the tragedies of the common people. Heroic behavior in these instances may at times be impossible. We expect, from reading the first tragedies, that only kings or nobility can be tragic heroes. Arthur Miller himself said, “I believe that the common man is as apt a subject for tragedy in its highest sense as kings were…[The same characteristics] which were enacted by royal beings…apply to everyone in similar emotional situations.” Death of a Salesman can be defined as a tragedy, with Willy Loman as the tragic hero....   [tags: essays research papers] 433 words
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A Comparison of Death Of A Salesman and Hamlet - A Comparison of Death Of A Salesman and Hamlet Willy Loman and Hamlet, two characters so alike, though different. Both are perfect examples of tragedy in literature, though for separate reasons and by distinct methods. The definition of a tragedy, in a nutshell, states that for a character to be considered tragic, he/she must be of high moral estate, fall to a level of catastrophe, induce sympathy and horror in the audience, and usually die, and in doing so, re-establish order in the society....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 616 words
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Comparing Death Of A Salesman and Hamlet - Death Of A Salesman Vs. Hamlet Willy Loman and Hamlet, two characters so alike, though different. Both are perfect examples of tragedy in literature, though for separate reasons and by distinct methods. The definition of a tragedy, in a nutshell, states that for a character to be considered tragic, he/she must be of high moral estate, fall to a level of catastrophe, induce sympathy and horror in the audience, and usually die, and in doing so, re-establish order in the society....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 613 words
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Miller's Values in Death Of A Salesman - Values and Attitudes of the Author The way fiction texts begin and end provides a clear indication of the dominant values and attitudes supported by the author Values and attitudes that the author supports are often reflected in their writing, whether it be in the themes that are involved in the story, or the way it begins and ends. The author adopts a particular point of view and uses that point of view throughout the story to influence and impact readers and viewers. This is most often done through effective use of characterisation....   [tags: Arthur Miller] 1873 words
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Death of a Salesman - Death of a Salesman Death of a salesman is a play written by Arthur Miller and it is about a man and essentially his failed attempt at the American Dream. This story is an example of a tragedy and the title basically sort of gives that away. Basically this story is about Willy Loman (Dustin Hoffman) and his family. Willy is a traveling salesmen and he has some personal flaws in his life which range from things such as cheating on his wife and his inability to tell the truth. Ultimately this story is a sad one and it covers Willy and his family failed attempt to reach success....   [tags: Classic American Literature] 561 words
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Comparing the Similarities Between Death of a Salesman and Fences - ... Troy explains to Rose that, "I don't want him to be like me. I want him to move as far away from my life as he can get. You [Rose] the only decent thing that ever happened to me. I wish him that. But I don’t wish him a thing else from my life. I decided seventeen years ago that boy wasn't getting involved in no sports. Not after what they did to me in the sports" (Wilson 2044). Both Willy Loman and Troy Maxson strived for the American dream without much success leaving them open to find satisfaction in other places besides home....   [tags: Literacy Analysis ]
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Death of a Salesman - ... Happy mislead is family into thinking his job position was higher than is actually was, and Biff could not settle down and stick with a job. Willy's fear of change and evolvement is evident in his resentment of the apartments and in his reaction to the recorder of Mr. Wagner's. He is also unable to come to terms with his own advancing years as a salesman. He only goes to Mr. Wagner to ask for a job strictly in New York when Linda insists. What he sees as valuable experience others see as obsolete....   [tags: arthur miller] 992 words
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Death of a Salesman - ... Not only does Willy believe that he is a success, but he believes that he is “worth more dead than alive” (98). This is the first point in the play when Willy actually speaks of suicide, although there had been references to it earlier in the play. The theme, confusion between reality and illusion leads to a downfall, applies here because in a way suicide is the ultimate downfall. Charley, a voice of reason, counter argues that “nobody’s worth nothin’ dead” (98). Charley is consistently in reality and is one of the most successful people in the play....   [tags: Arthur Miller] 1275 words
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Death of a Salesman - ... I’m always in a race with the junkyard” (1244). Willy’s primary escape from reality involves his brother Ben, who typifies the American Dream; however, Willy’s escape with Ben is purely a figment of his imagination. “Opportunity is tremendous in Alaska, William. Surprised you’re not up there” (1230). His imaginings about Ben, while they appear to be an illusion throughout the story, are thoroughly realistic in Willy’s mind. He truly believes that Ben has reached the pinnacle of the American Dream....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Arthur Miller] 762 words
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Deception of Family in Death of a Salesman and A Doll’s House - ... Up to that point in his life, Willy was safe in his deception concerning his great sales prowess. This deception was the core of all the problems the Lomans faced. Willy really believed that he was a great salesman. In the end, he was lying to himself and deceiving the ones he loved. Willy strongly pushed his sons to follow in his foot steps. Willy believes that once Biff finds him in a hotel room with another woman, he believes his confidence in his football abilities is misplaced. After deception is exposed Biff gives up his dreams because he considers them to be false....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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American Dream Derailed in The Great Gatsby and Death of a Salesman - ... Throughout the play, Willy has flashbacks that he actually relives. This back-wards thinking of his brings him back to a point in his life where the Loman’s family started to departure. Due to Willy’s age, he is performing poorly in his chosen career and is put on commission. His income enables him to make the money he needs to support his family but he continues to believe that he will reach his dream because he does not want his family to know how unsuccessful he really is. Willy seems to think that success is just going to come without having to do anything....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]
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Criticism of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Criticism of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman I found Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, while a definite classic, not as interesting as other Miller plays. For example, ‘All my Sons' is a story about an unscrupulous businessman who lies in court to save himself from certain imprisonment, sends his business partner to prison, and eventually commits suicide once one of his sons uncovers his devious plot. The intrigue, excitement, and setting were easy to follow, enjoyable and riveting. Conversely, I found Death of a Salesman to be slow at times (particularly the first act), difficult to follow (i.e., when Willy Loman was thinking to himself or reminiscing from memory), and overall less enjoyable....   [tags: Papers] 1467 words
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Death Of A Salesman: Illusion In An American Tragedy - When the realities of life become too harsh, humankind has a natural tendency to choose the most convenient solution to his problem: illusion. They build dreams and fantasies to conceal the more difficult truths of their lives. In his play Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller portrays the hold of such illusions on individuals and its horrible consequences. Through the overly average, overly typical Loman family, Miller shows how dreams of a better life become, as Choudhuri put it, “fantasies to the point that the difference between illusion and reality, the Loman’s dreams and the forces of society, becomes blurred” (Choudhuri 70)....   [tags: Arthur Miller]
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Importance of Time Lapses in Death of a Salesman - Why does Arthur Miller use time lapses in his play “Death of a Salesman”. What was the playwright trying to tell us about Willy Loman. In this essay I will be exploring and analysing “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller. I will be looking the use of flash backs in the play that aim to emphasise that the past is always with us. Looking at the flashbacks will also help understand the character of Willy Loman. The action takes place in Willy Loman’s house and yard also in various places he visits in New York and Boston of 1949....   [tags: English Literature] 1408 words
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Failures in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - Failures in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller Arthur Miller develops a number of significant and central themes throughout the play using techniques such as characterization, setting and language. The best explored theme in the play is the theme of failure and disappointments. 'Death of a Salesman' is a modern day play about a salesman, Willy Loman, his life and his failures in a success driven society and world. He is a victim of "The American Dream" destroyed by false promises and ideals....   [tags: Papers] 990 words
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The Failure of the American Dream in Death of a Salesman -   America has long been known as a land of opportunity. Out of that thinking comes the "American Dream," the idea that anyone can ultimately achieve success, even if he or she began with nothing. In "The Death of a Salesman", Arthur Miller uses the characterization of Willy Loman to represent the failure of his ideal of the American Dream. Willy’s quest for the American Dream leads to his failure because throughout his life he pursues the illusion of the American Dream and not the reality of it....   [tags: Arthur Miller] 1487 words
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Death of a Tragic Hero in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - Death of a Tragic Hero in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller Since the beginning of time, man has endeavored to become something more, to grow as a society. This has been accomplished through many extremes from war and conquest to science and exploration. The struggle endured during these events has indeed been great, but there is no greater struggle, nor one that reaps more reward, than that which the individual goes through to discover himself. Benjamin Franklin once said, “There are three things that are extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.” Arthur Miller capitalized on this theme in his play turned film, Death of a Salesman....   [tags: Papers] 828 words
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Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman - In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, [the protagonist] Willy Loman’s inability to live in and cope with the present ultimately destroys him. The are several constant themes and ideas throughout the play which show this. Willy’s inability to be successful according to his own standards is most problematical for him. The troublesome relationship between Willy and his family also leads to a great deal of stress. And the constants flashbacks and disillusions Willy goes through to deal with these problems bring him further from reality and destroy him....   [tags: essays research papers] 2087 words
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The American Dream in Death of a Salesman and Fences - The American Dream is a common theme in literature. The American Dream as defined by Webster is: an American social ideal that stresses egalitarianism and especially material prosperity. Egalitarianism is defined in two ways: 1: a belief in human equality especially with respect to social, political, and economic rights and privileges and 2: a social philosophy advocating the removal of inequalities among people. To most, this sounds like the perfect society, however what happens when the obsession takes away the truly important things in a person's life....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 1309 words
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Comparing The Great Santini and Death of a Salesman - Comparing The Great Santini and Death of a Salesman Elementary school taught everyone that to compare and contrast two things, the best way to go about doing that is with a Venn diagram. Truthfully, this is an effective method, but it is quite rudimentary under the circumstances. "The Great Santini" by Pat Conroy and "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller are two books that can become victims of the dreaded Venn diagram. The two stories are accounts of the lives of two families, each living out its version of the American Dream....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 1249 words
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The Death Of A Salesman: The Reality Evasion Drug - Never does one go through their life without having to deal with some sort of personal conflict. The manner in which people deal with these conflicts vary as much as the prints on a person's finger. Some try and solve the problem and get rid of it, while others will try and put it aside for as long as possible. Willy Loman's method in Arthur Miller's play, The Death of a Salesman, is very dangerous and builds to harsh results. Willy never tries to help the circumstances, he only flees to his great memories of the better days, when his life's predicaments were very limited....   [tags: essays research papers] 992 words
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Can Willy Loman Be Considered A Tragic Hero? - Can Willy Loman Be Considered A Tragic Hero. Whether Willy Loman can be considered a tragic hero has long been debated between critics. Ever since Miller produced the play, people have discussed whether Willy’s status was high enough for his fall to be considered tragic, or whether Willy can be seen as an altogether modern tragic hero, I will be looking at both these views taking into consideration critics views and also adding my own thoughts. Tragedy has its origin in ancient Greece. In his Poetics Aristotle defined a tragedy as portraying a serious, complete and important action involving pain or destruction and shows the fall of an important person from happiness and prosperity into misery and catastrophe....   [tags: English Literature] 1625 words
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Willy Loman, Jay Gatsby, and the Pursuit of the American Dream - Willy Loman, Jay Gatsby, and the Pursuit of the American Dream Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby, and Arthur Miller, author of Death of a Salesman, both tell the stories of men in the costly pursuit of the American dream. As a result of several conflicts, both external and internal, both characters experience an extinction of the one thing that they have set their sights on.... The American Dream. Jay Gatsby, a mysterious, young and very wealthy man, fatally chases an impossible dream....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald] 789 words
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Willie Loman's Tragic Misinterpretation of the American Dream in Death of a Salesman - Willie Loman is an ordinary man who embodies traditional American values of success. He has reached the age where he can no longer compete successful in his chosen career, that of a traveling salesman. Faced with the termination of his job, he begins to examine his past life to determine its value. At this critical point in Willie’s existence, his oldest son Biff has returned home for a visit, and Willie’s old desire for his son to be a traditional success in life is rekindled. But the old tensions between the two men are also renewed....   [tags: Arthur Miller 2014]
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Death of a Salesman - Death of a salesman The Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller is a controversial play of a typical American family and their desire to live the American dream “Rather than a tragedy or failure as the play is often described. Death of a Salesman dramatizes a failure of [that] dream” (Cohn 51). The story is told through the delusional eyes and mind of Willy Loman, a traveling salesman of 34 years, whose fantasy world of lies eventually causes him to suffer an emotional breakdown. Willy’s wife, Linda, loves and supports Willy despite all his problems, and continually believes in his success and that of their no good lazy sons, Biff and Happy....   [tags: essays research papers fc]
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Death Of A Salesman - 1. The book Death of a Salesman is a play about a salesman who wants to be well liked by everyone. The title of this book fits the book because there are two salesmen who die in the book. The two salesmen who die in the book are Dave Singleman, who was well liked by everyone, and Willy Loman who was the main character. The book is about a traveling salesman named Willy Loman who has a wife named Linda and two kids named Biff and Happy. The theme of the book is that the most important thing in the world is to have personal attractiveness and to be well liked....   [tags: essays research papers] 876 words
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Death Of A Salesman - In 1949 a play that was to influence the views of many about the American Dream and its realities was published. Death of a Salesman was written by Arthur Miller and eventually went on to earn him the prestigious Pulitzer prize. This play was predominantly set in the 1920s-30s and gives a deep insight into how the great depression affected working families during this period in time. Miller based this dramatic play solely around the American dream. The American dream was a far fetched belief that if u migrated to America with a little money and an amount of self belief, through hard work you could become prosperous and be able to provide for your family....   [tags: Arthur Miller] 1338 words
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Death of a Salesman - Death of a Salesman Is Linda a supportive or destructive force in her husband’s life. “Death Of A Salesman” by Arthur Miller shows the gradual collapse of Wily Loman. Linda Loman is a destructive force in Willy Loman’s life through her excessive support. His wife, Linda attempts to help him by continuos support and encouragement. Although she knows he is distressed, she persuades him to believe he is successful and well-liked. She conceals the truth in order to protect her husband. Linda is described as the personification of family....   [tags: essays papers] 562 words
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