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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Provide detailed background on the playwright and his method of inquiry. Death of a Salesman is one of Arthur Miller’s most famous works. It talks about the painful encounters within one family. It also tackles larger problems about American values. The play shows the faith in the American Dream. Miller proves that America is selling false dreams and hopes. Contrast, compare, or contextualize this in relation to other works by Arthur Miller. Arthur Miller's work covers a collection of themes. The American working class played a huge part in his writing....   [tags: famous playwrights, analysis and contrast]
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Death of a Salesman and Oedipus Rex - ... Oedipus set’s his goal to find the culprit responsible for the King’s death, but due to the presence of Oedipus’ blindness of realization he is unable to find the tragic truth. “Oedipus is brought down by a flaw, often thought to be an excess of pride, or hubris” (Fisler). Although both characters are involved in complex situations, both remain optimistic in hope to accomplish their comparable goals of living out their dreams of success. Unfortunately, the difficulty of their individual situations, leads to their downfall, further separating them from their goals of success and guiding them towards the true understanding....   [tags: Aristotle on tragic heroes] 1341 words
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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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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - ... “Be liked and you will never want.” (1.3) He often lied to them and exaggerated his success, which led them to believe that everything was as good as he claimed them to be. Willy even encouraged deceit in his oldest son by urging him to steal things and cheat on tests. In Willy’s own delusional world, he is a largely successful and well liked salesman with sons destined for greatness, taking every opportunity to brag about these false perceptions. He lied about almost everything, even the quality of his car....   [tags: story and character analysis] 643 words
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Death of a Salesman Analysis - Many works of literature have the theme of a failed American Dream, which is the basic idea that no matter what social class an individual may be, they still have an equal ability to achieve prosperity and a good life for their family; however, there has been much debate over whether or not the American dream is still obtainable in modern society. One piece of American literature that substantiates the fact that the American Dream can not be gotten is Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman which describes the tragedy of the average person in America....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Death of a Salesman is a Tragedy as Defined in Miller's Tragedy and the Common Man - Death of a Salesman is a Tragedy as Defined in Miller's Tragedy and the Common Man In Tragedy and the Common Man, Arthur Miller discusses his definition and criteria for tragedy as they apply to the common man. The criteria and standards proposed by Miller may be used to evaluate his timeless work, Death of A Salesman. The first major standard of tragedy set forth is:  “...if the exaltation of tragic action were truly a property of the high-bred character alone, it is inconceivable that the mass of mankind should cherish tragedy above all other forms.” All persons regardless of background, nobility stature, rank, or pretended or actual social division can innately empathize with the tragic...   [tags: Death of a Salesman]
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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - ... Saying he is very well liked in Hartford but then says he is ignored and unnoticed most of the time. This shows that he frequently uses self-deception to deceive himself about his success. The truth about his life however is close by and this drives him insane. Linda the wife and mother of the Loman house is no better than her husband. She likes to create illusions that their life is good and that she is content with it. We all could tell this isn’t the case. She often feeds willy’s self-deception....   [tags: play analysis]
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Mythical American Dream Challenged in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Mythical American Dream Challenged in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman      Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman challenges the American dream. Before the Depression, an optimistic America offered the alluring promise of success and riches. Willy Loman suffers from his disenchantment with the American dream, for it fails him and his son. In some ways, Willy and Biff seem trapped in a transitional period of American history. Willy, now sixty-three, carried out a large part of his career during the Depression and World War II....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]
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Death of a Salesman and American Beauty - Death of a Salesman is a play by Arthur Miller that follows the dying days of Willy Loman. Willy is a salesman who is not very at selling whatever he is selling so he takes the easy way out and goes to his neighbor, Charley, who has worked very hard for his money. Willy thinks that Charley and his son Bernard are nerdy and that they are not successful. Success to Willy is all about looks, which is why his son Biff grew up with the idea that as long as you are well liked than you will be successful....   [tags: compare contrast, comparison]
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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Linda Loman As time grows, a spouse becomes a soul mate, best friend, and lover all in one. No one will ever show their dedication and love for you like your significant other and that’s what Arthur Miller addresses in the play Death of a Salesman. Linda Loman is the wife of Willy Loman, a man that treats her wrong but she still stands by his side. Linda is a vital character because she never has a low personality, she chooses her husband over her children she’s strong when her husband passes away and she the voice of the playwright....   [tags: character and literary analysis]
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An American Myth Exploded in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman - An American Myth Exploded in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is a demonstration of the affliction with which America has been stricken. It is an affliction of false idealism, but also a birthing of the consumer. It is this consumer society which is the affliction, and the characters of this drama are unable to cure themselves of it. Willy Loman is the manifestation of the consumerism which is destroying society. He is the corporeal manifestation of this myth, and the American dream is the myth itself....   [tags: Death Salesman]
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Death of a Salesman Character Analysis - Alistair Deacon from As Time Goes By once said that, “The people in the book need to be people.” The main character in a story or in a play always has to be somewhat likeable or relatable. Who doesn’t like to feel like they can relate to their favorite character in a story. In many cases the authors of stories or books always try to make the reader feel like they are not the only ones with problems or going through a crazy situation. Wanting the reader to become engaged in the characters' conflicts is what they aim for....   [tags: characters, arthur miller, suicide] 1323 words
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Destruction of the American Dream in Arthur Miller's Death of A Salesman - Destruction of the American Dream in Arthur Miller's Death of A Salesman A white picket fence surrounds the tangible icons of the American Dreams in the middle 1900's: a mortgage, an automobile, a kitchen appliance paid for on the monthly - installment - plan, and a silver trophy representative of high school football triumph. A pathetic tale examining the consequences of man's harmartias, Arthur Miller's "Death of A Salesman" satisfies many, but not all, of the essential elements of a tragedy....   [tags: Death of a Salesman Essays] 822 words
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The American Dream in Death Of A Salesman, by Arthur Miller - Success: Accomplishing Your Dream Completing the "American Dream" is a controversial issue. The American Dream can be defined as having a nice car, maybe two or three of them, having a beautiful, healthy family, making an impact on the world, or even just having extra spending money when the bills are paid. In the play "Death Of A Salesman," by Arthur Miller, the "American Dream" deals with prosperity, status, and being immortalized. Willy Loman, a hard worker aged to his sixties never accomplished this goal....   [tags: Death Of A Salesman Essays]
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American Values and Success in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - American Values and Success in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman    The purpose of this brief essay is to examine Arthur Miller's play, Death of a Salesman, with respect to its reflection of the impact of American values and mores as to what constitutes "success" upon individual lives. George Perkins has stated that this play has been described as "possibly the best play ever written by an American (Perkins, p. 710)." The play marks a brilliant fusion of the ideas and problems central to Miller's artistic and creative life; among those problems are the relationship of selfishness to altruism and the need to define an achievable code of morality for oneself (Perkins, p....   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 1177 words
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Illusion and Reality in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Illusion and Reality in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman     In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Willy is depicted as living in his own world. The play centers around the end of Willy’s life, when the real world comes crashing through, ruining the false reality he had created for himself and his family. Throughout the play, Willy Loman uses the concept of being well liked to build a false image of reality, as shown through his teachings to his son, what he considers successful, and his reasoning for committing suicide....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]
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Lack of Morals and Ethics in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Lack of Morals and Ethics in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman       Much of a person's personality is derived from his or her parents or the people with whom they live.  One's behaviors are a reflection of his or her up bringing.  All actions of others in one's environment have an impact in one's behaviors.  That is especially true of parent's influence on a child.  Nearly all morals and ethics are learned from parents. Sociologists have indicated that as time progresses American ethics have decayed immensely.  Parents in America have become more lax with their children, and the strictly enforced code of ethics seems to have diminished....   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 770 words
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Misguided American Dream in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Misguided American Dream in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Death of a Salesman deals with hopes and dreams gone wrong. This does not necessarily have to be the "American" dream as such, because all people share the same hopes and dreams, regardless of nationality. The underlying factor, and the inevitable truth is that we all have to dream, dreams are important for human existence. It is evident to the reader that for Willy, his ultimate dream was to follow in the footsteps of Uncle Ben and become a successful salesman....   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 862 words
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Impact of Society in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Impact of Society in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman       Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman examines outside influences on the individual.  These influences include society as a whole, the family as a societal unit and beliefs which the individual thinks he should espouse. In order to understand Willy Loman and the struggles with which he is dealing, the society in which he exists must first be understood.  He is relying upon a slightly different set of values and motivations than everyone else seems to be, and this sets him apart.  A prime example of the rest of society is Willy’s brother, Ben....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]
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The American Dream in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - The American Dream in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Throughout Death of a Salesman the males of the Loman family cannot distinguish between the reality of the American Dream and the illusion of it. Willy cannot see who Happy and Biff actually are as individuals or himself for that matter. Therefore, Willy and his sons believe that they all know and have what it takes to be a success in life and in business. In actuality the success of both falls very far from the ideal American Dream of their time....   [tags: Death of a Salesman Essays] 418 words
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Structure, Themes, and Motifs in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Structure, Themes, and Motifs in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman At first glance, Arthur Miller's play, Death of a Salesman appears to be a simple story of the tragic life of an ordinary man. Through a few flashbacks, it would seem that his whole dreary life is told and that is about it. However, this can not be the case, as we know that Arthur Miller is one of the greatest playwrights alive. After reading the play for the fourth or maybe fifth time, I became fully aware of the intricate structure, many themes, and different motifs that Miller used to make this play a classic....   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 893 words
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Comments on Society in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Comments on Society in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Often times when we read literature, we can derive certain ideas or messages that the author of the work is trying to illustrate. After reading the play Death Of A Salesman by Arthur Miller, it is evident that he is trying to comment on our society . These comments on society being expressed are demonstrated in several examples throughout the play.  I think the idea that Miller is trying to get across to the audience is that, today's society is filled with people who don't get the credit they deserve for the "little things" they do in life.  These people in society are like "unsung heroes" because the hard work they do might be ove...   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 577 words
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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman is A Modern Tragedy - Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman is A Modern Tragedy              In the fourth century B.C., Aristotle set forth his description of dramatic tragedy, and for centuries after, tragedy continued to be defined by his basic observations. It was not until the modern age that playwrights began to deviate somewhat from the basic tenets of Aristotelian tragedy and, in doing so, began to create plays more recognizable to the common people and, thereby, less traditional. Even so, upon examination, the basic plot structure of some modern tragedies actually differs very little from that of the ancient classics....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]
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Identity Crisis in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman is the story of a man much like Miller's father, a salesman, "whose misguided notions of success result in disillusionment" (Draper 2360). The suppression of the main character, Willy Loman's, true nature is a result of his pursuit of a completely misguided dream. The fraudulent and miserable existence this generates is accentuated by the father-son relationship he shares with his son Biff. Willy Loman has surrendered the life of himself and his sons to a dream of success, while this dream is not particularly reprehensible, it is nevertheless unsuitable for him and can only be kept alive at the expense of his selfhood....   [tags: Death of a Salesman Essays] 1191 words
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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Thornton Wilder's Our Town - Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Thornton Wilder's Our Town      In the road of life, the right path may not always be where the road signs lead. The road to self-discovery is found by following one’s heart and mind and to wherever they may lead them. Within the plays Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, and Our Town by Thornton Wilder, parallel pathways and contrary connections can be established between the characters coinciding in both. In Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman is the portrait of a sixty year old man reflecting upon his past, one of lies and hopelessness....   [tags: Salesman Miller Wilder Town Essays]
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Pursuit Of The American Dream In Death Of A Salesman by Arthur Miller - There is something magical and sometimes overpowering to the majority of mankind: It is the thing that allows people to live in mansion's with helipad's as well as underground society forced to live in the many tunnels and passageways under New York City and to beg for their meals. Although this is definitely the extreme that I have described. It is sometimes indescribably cruel and other times very gracious. This thing that I write about is the American system. In Arthur Miller's moving and powerful play, "Death of a Salesman", Miller uses many character to contrast the difference between success and failure within the system....   [tags: Death of a Salesman Essays] 1891 words
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The Plot in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - Plot, characterization, and dialogue are the elements of drama that I’ve chosen to analyze for Death of a Salesmen. Willy seems to be in conflict with himself and everyone else in his life. Conflict is what drives the plot and will be the main element of drama that’s analyzed in this essay. In Death of a Salesman Willy is the protagonist and his son Biff is the antagonist, he provokes Willy’s anger by not holding a steady job and measuring up to what his father feels he should be. The plot in Death of a Salesman is dialogue driven and the theme of the play is the death of Willy’s career and his inability to become successful in life....   [tags: Character Analysis, Willy, Biff]
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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman as Classic Greek Tragedy - Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman as Classic Greek Tragedy Miller’s Death of a Salesman is an interesting and complex play set at a time of great change in America. Some people believe that it is one of a few classic tragedies written in modern time. While on the surface this play and characters don't appear to hold the definition of tragedy that Aristotle described. In a modern context I believe it may be very close to fitting that mold. Willy is a person that has always been a dreamer. Willy is very proud and self reliant in his approach to life....   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 1170 words
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Free Essays - The Characters of Biff and Happy in Death of a Salesman - The Characters of Biff and Happy in Death of a Salesman No one has a perfect life; everyone has conflicts that they must face sooner or later. The ways in which people deal with these personal conflicts can differ as much as the people themselves. Some insist on ignoring the problem for as long as possible, while others face up to the problem immediately to get it out of the way. Biff and Happy Loman are good examples of this, although both start from the same point, they end up going in different directions with Happy still living in his world of lies and Biff, being set free by the truth....   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 1232 words
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Individual Choice and Failure in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Individual Choice and Failure in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman It could be argued that Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman is a tragic play that represents the failures of a system, but from an existentialist point of view, however, the play solely represents the failures of an individual. By looking at the many distasteful characteristics of the societal system embodied by the Loman's family values and dreams, and by then arguing these points from an existentialist point of view, this essay will confirm that the play represents the failures of an individual instead of casting blame on a socially constructed system....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]
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Using Time Lapses in Death of a Salesman - Using Time Lapses in Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller wrote “Death of a Salesman” in 1949. For this essay I am planning to explore the structural devices used in the play. Particularly time lapses. The play is set in Willy’s house and the various places he visits in New York. “Death of a Salesman” has been described as a modern tragedy and it certainly follows the rules. Willy Loman, the protagonist, is the tragic hero with a fatal flaw; his defect is his supreme pretence and pride. He lives in two different worlds....   [tags: Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller Time Essays] 1120 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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Death of a Salesman - In Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman", the protagonist Willy Loman sets out to pursue the American Dream only to find complete failure. With hard work and devotion, Willy believes that he will one day be a success in a booming economy. As one critic states, Willy's character is of a common man. He is not anything special, nor ever was. He chose to follow the American dream and he chose to lead the life it gave him (Death of a Salesman: The Culture Of Willy Loman). Willy dies an unsuccessful person, with the realization that everything he had worked for was not achieved....   [tags: Personal Essays] 598 words
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Capitalist Society in The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - Capitalist Society in The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller "Death of a salesman" is a "tragedy of a common man". Throughout the play the reader sees how Willy Loman struggles to achieve something, which is beyond his capability. He has a dream, the American dream of success and accomplishment. And yet, he is not able to ever thrive because his idea of how to succeed is wrong. The times have changed, the play is set in the period of an economic boom and increasing desire for material goods in America and the Loman family is now living in a capitalist society, however, Willy seems not to have realised that things have changed....   [tags: Papers Miller Salesman Death Essays] 1058 words
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Death of a Salesman - In “Death of a salesman,“ Willy Loman’s values are very much skewed. He is focused on ideals that are dedicated to success in a world which has no room for non-achievers. Willy‘s life was built of false dreams and hopes. His main values in life are money and being well liked. These beliefs are expressed throughout the entire story. He says “Be liked and you will never want.” Willy also complains that Biff ‘…has yet to make thirty-five dollars a week!’ The importance of being well-liked, physically attractive, and being a good athlete are the qualities which are often stressed by Willy Loman....   [tags: essays research papers] 406 words
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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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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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Illusion Verses Reality in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - Illusion Verses Reality in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller        "Death of A Salesman," by Arthur Miller, is a play that tells the story of a traveling salesman, Willy Loman, who encounters frustration and failure as he reflects on and experiences his own life. 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. His mindset on perfection, his obsession with success, and his constant reminiscence of the past and foretelling of the future, all contribute to his defeat in the end....   [tags: Death Salesman essays Arthur Miller] 970 words
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Death of a salesman - Instability Lead Life to Its End The character Willy Loman from the play Death of a Salesman has been read throughout the years with distinct interpretations. Many people have given different reasons to what led to Willy’s tragic fate. One interpretation I took was that Willy’s instability in his life led to his death. Some point that led in to my interpretation were his early family life, his relationship with Biff, and his job. Willy’s early family life was a difficult one with its many inconsistencies....   [tags: essays research papers] 551 words
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death of a salesman - An excellent father will make every effort to constantly do what is best for his family. He will put his needs last, ensuring that his family is well cared for and not lacking for any necessities. And, most significantly, a first-class father will make his family his main concern, coming before his job, his friends, or even himself. In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman is a prime example of a horrific father in every way mentioned previously. Not only is Willy Loman not a good father and spouse, but he furthers his failure by being a typical anti-hero and by failing to accomplish the American Dream....   [tags: essays research papers] 812 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 - The Battle Between Society and its Members The playwright Arthur Miller once insisted that any great play must deal with the question, "How may a man make of the outside world, a home." It was his belief that the most tragic issue which one could document was the embittered battle between society and the individuals which it was supposed to protect and nourish. Contrasting forms of this topic are well evidenced through his works, especially the plays All My Sons and Death of a Salesman....   [tags: essays research papers] 1271 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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The play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - The play Death of a Salesman, written by Arthur Miller, is about an average salesman living in Brooklyn, New York in the 1940’s named Willy Loman. Willy firmly believes in the American dream and is living his life aspiring to gain the wealth and materials associated with those of higher status in society. This American dream tears apart his family and the end result is his own demise. Glengarry Glen Ross, by David Mamet, has a plot similar to Death of a Salesman in that it is about salesmen and it shows the effects of capitalism on people and society....   [tags: modern tragedy, american dream] 1067 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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The Tragedy of the Common Man in Death of a Salesman - Death of a Salesman, written by Arthur Miller in 1949, won a Pulitzer Prize and established Miller’s international status. The play conveys issues of social realism and family complications as it explores the life of a man who lives in a fragmented state of reality with unfulfilled hopes and dreams. Arthur Miller’s play raises the question of the significance and value of the American dream by contrasting the two different views of becoming successful; one view believes that hard-work and support will lead to success, while the other relies on popularity, attractiveness, and likability to be successful....   [tags: Arthur Miller, literary analysis]
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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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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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