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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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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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Death of a Salesman - Death of a Salesman From the outset death of a salesman portrays the pitfalls of the American dream. The dream centred on the high chance that anyone can strike it rich in this Land of opportunity. Even in 1950s USA people were still taking a chance on this myth. Death of a Salesman shows the traps of the dream. The failures centred on poor Willy Loman This fine line between making it and become your average Joe becomes heavily apparent when Willy decides he has had enough and kills himself. Willy begins to believe that [In a thick American accent] "No man needs a little salary." Willy perceives himself lower than everybody else partly due to his low wages....   [tags: English Literature] 524 words
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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 - 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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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 - 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 - Death of a Salesman is a play that has come to redefine the concept of modern tragedy. A challenge to Philip Sydney’s judgement that “tragedy concerneth the high fellow” Death of a Salesman is the tragedy of the common man of the low-man. Many critics charge that Death of a Salesman falls short of tragedy and is therefore disqualified as a “great” play. Tragedy is developed as a form of drama that incorporates incidents arousing pity and fear, to accomplish the catharsis of such emotions. The ancient philosopher, Aristotle, wrote the first, and in many ways the most significant, thesis on tragedy in his Poetics....   [tags: essays research papers] 2133 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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death of a salesman - Capitalism in “Death of a Salesman”, is undermining to the human spirit and human condition. In “Death of a Salesman”, money was the Loman’s biggest issue. That’s is not to say that if he had money it would not have made things better. Willy left home with financial problems, he came home with financial problems. To Willy it was never enough. He never made enough, he wasn’t the man that he portrayed to be to the children. But with Willy it was always his bills, bills, bills....   [tags: essays research papers] 363 words
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Death of a Salesman - Death of a Salesman In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Willy is both sympathized with and looked down upon throughout the story. Willy is a very complex character with problems and faults that gain both sympathy and also turn the reader off to him. Willy Loman is both the protagonist and the antagonist, gaining sympathy from the reader only to lose it moments later. The play begins with Willy as the antagonist, fighting with his wife Linda and a generally mean person. He insults his sons and scolds Linda for buying the wrong cheese....   [tags: essays papers] 1064 words
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Death of a Salesman - Death of a Salesman “The American dream is, in part, responsible for a great deal of crime and violence because people feel that the country owes them not only a living but a good living.” Said David Abrahansen. This is true and appropriate in the case of Willy Loman, and his son Biff Loman. Both are eager to obtain their American dream, even though both have completely different views of what that dream should be. The play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller shows the typical lives of typical Americans in the 1940’s....   [tags: essays research papers] 857 words
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Exposing Truth in Arthur Miller's, Death of a Salesman and Henry David Thoreau's, Walden Pond - Exposing Truth in Arthur Miller's, Death of a Salesman and Henry David Thoreau's, Walden Pond Poor Willy, the reader bemoans, he just couldn't get his act together. Willy Loman, Death of a Salesman's central character, is one of Arthur Miller's most intriguing personalities. He spends the whole play vacillating between two dreams: his idealistic wish for success and worldly gain, and his unconscious desire for a simple life in the country. This internal conflict results in the destruction of this most unheroic of heros....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]
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Death of a Salesman - Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, is the story of a traveling salesman whose life is dwindling away. He lives in a world of illusions, refusing to accept reality. He eventually loses his job, the only thing that kept him going. Finally, he commits suicide so that his son, Biff may receive insurance money and possibly live a better life than he. This play is confusing at first because Willy, the main character, drifts between his fantasy world filled with illusions and the real world....   [tags: American Literature] 594 words
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Death Of A Salesman - Death Of A Salesman In Arthur Miller’s ’Death Of A Salesman’, Miller uses several techniques to show attitudes to success held by the characters. There are many indicators of success in this play which are, the ideas of being wealthy, the performance on their job, to have power and status. Some of the techniques he uses to show this are the use of motifs, the American Dream, language, stage directions and also through sequence in the past. One of the motifs Miller uses to show the attitude of success is the idea of being ‘well-liked’....   [tags: English Literature] 2170 words
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Death of a Salesman - Death of a Salesman Ben as a Minor Character Who Develops the Play In Arthur Miller’s, Death of a Salesman, the character of Ben is used as a catalyst to fuel the development of the main character, Willy. Ben appears in three major flashbacks throughout the story. In the first flashback, Ben makes his appearance to give Willy happiness because to Willy, money means happiness. The second time Ben appears, he is used as a scapegoat to show that Willy has a hard time dealing with the truth....   [tags: essays papers] 1620 words
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Death of a Salesman - Death of a Salesman The conversation is supposed to be a flashback of the past, yet it makes sense that this conversation with Ben actually takes place in the present as things he would have wanted to say to Ben. Somehow, Willy has Linda enter the scene. She provides positive comforting, telling Willy that his life is okay, that he’s well liked by his sons and that, “someday . . . he’ll be a member of the firm(1957).” She provides this as a description of what can happen after honest work, unlike Ben’s own....   [tags: Papers] 622 words
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death of a salesman - In the play, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Linda Loman’s character is viewed differently by many people. Some critics have seen Linda as a “controlling mother figure” who is actually the one to blame for this failure of both her sons and her husband. In this report I will defend this view citing specific examples from the play. Linda was undoubtedly the only one in control throughout the play. I believe that Linda tried to be a good mother and wife but she did not really know what she was doing....   [tags: essays research papers] 649 words
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DEATH OF A SALESMAN - Death of a Salesman In Death of a Salesman, a play written by Arthur Miller, Miller reflects the theme that every man needs to be honest with him self and act in accordance with his nature by displaying success and failure in different lights. Miller embodies the theme through characters in the play by explaining how their success and failures in being true to themselves help shapes their fates. Strongest evidence of Miller’s theme is reflected in the characteristics of Biff Loman, Benard, and Willy Loman....   [tags: essays research papers] 1410 words
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Death of a Salesman - The Dysfunctional Family In Arthur Miller’s drama, “Death of a Salesman” the protagonist is a sixty-year-old salesperson by the name of Willy Loman. Willy suffers from self-delusion and is obsessed with the desire to succeed. Willy’s actions strongly influence his family, which contributes to their self-delusions. Willy’s wife Linda is an enabler and is codependent upon him. Linda encourages and participates in Willy’s delusions. She is unselfish and her life revolves around Willy and their two boys Biff and Happy....   [tags: essays research papers] 822 words
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Death Of A Salesman - Tragedy was a very controversial issue in literature until recent years. Recent figures in literature have set a clear definition for tragedy. Author Miller is one of these figures. Plays and novels have distinguished the definition of tragedy. According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary tragedy is a serious piece of literature typically describing a conflict between the protagonist and a superior force and having a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion that excites pity or terror. Miller’s explains that a tragic hero does not always have to be a monarch or a man of a higher status....   [tags: essays research papers] 1375 words
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Death Of A Salesman - &#8220;Maybe I did not live as I ought to have done, &#8230; but how could that be, when I did everything properly?'; I can hear it now, Willy Loman uttering those words as he flips through the pages of his life. In the play, Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, we witness the deterioration and death of a very well intentioned man. The quote above from Leo Tolstoy&#8217;s Ivan Ilych, could not possibly better echo the situation developed in Arthur Miller&#8217;s play. The play becomes Willy Loman&#8217;s life trial in which he and his family undergo an intense review of their lives....   [tags: essays research papers] 765 words
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Death of a Salesman - It is late evening and the sun is about to set on old highway 53 heading south from Yonkers to home. Willy driving in is car, continuously thinking to himself, what he his going to do about all his problems. You see Willy is down on himself about his success in life. He thinks to himself that he could be better known and make more money to pay off his bills. As Willy is driving down the road it becomes hard for him to concentrate on the road as he thinks more and more about the good things that had not happened to him....   [tags: essays research papers] 551 words
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Death of Salesman - Willy’s Idea of Success is Misguided Willy Loman, the main character in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, is idealistic, stubborn and has a false sense of importance. He exhibits skewed perceptions of society that have a negative impact on him and his family. Willy believes that his philosophy of life is one that will guarantee himself and his family a life of wealth and success. Willy cannot achieve this success because his perceptions and methods to obtain it are wrong. Willy thinks that a part of a person’s success is measured by how well liked and how many friends an individual has....   [tags: essays research papers] 1016 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 - 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 - My Father’s Dream and My Reality The bond between a boy and his father is one that should sustain the test of time. I have looked up to my father for the majority of my life and he’s beliefs of life have influenced the way I grew up to be the man I am today. However in the end, a true man will follow his own dreams and make his own future. My dream was working with my hands in the outdoors. It has taken many years but I now knew that was what I wanted to do with my life. My father, Willy Loman, I believe shared this same passion, however, he suppressed his dreams as it did not fit in with is predetermined mould for a beloved salesman....   [tags: essays research papers] 953 words
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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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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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Death Of A Salesman - Death is such a contradicting situation. It is always a sad event, but in some perspectives it may or may not be a joyous event. Not to say that death should be celebrated, just to point out that life may have been a more dramatic experience. For my first novel in G.T. I read Death of a Salesman, a play written by Arthur Miller. Arthur Miller was born in 1915, in New York City. His parents were well To do until the depression. He attended college where he won three drama prizes....   [tags: essays research papers] 872 words
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Death Of A Salesman - Double-Journal Death of a Salesman Act I- The scene in the bedroom in which Happy and Biff are talking From the perspective of Biff in this scene I can see him attempting to readjust to the situation of living at home. Nothing had changed, but it has. It is his father. There is something in the past that Biff reminisces of with his brother. In the background, he hears his father&#8217;s incessant rambling and it seems to frustrate him. He seems to highly respect his mother and somehow see his fathers rambling is hurtful towards her and wants him to stop....   [tags: essays research papers] 711 words
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Happy Loman - In the literary masterpiece of "Death of a Salesman", the emphasis of the story goes to Willy's shortcomings, and Biff's lost potential; however the real victim in this modern-day tragedy goes to the hapless Hap. When looking at Hap's sad life, he was crudely ignored, and was shown the wrong path to his personal success and happiness. Also when looking closer into the text, there is an unbelievably exact parallel between Willy and Happy. Happy is a lonely, sad, womanizing man who lies, cheats, and steals to get to the next level in his work....   [tags: American Literature] 624 words
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Lying in Order to Be Living the American Dream: Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman" and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s "The Great Gasby" - Living the American dream was a goal that most families were attempting to reach. Living the dream included simple things such as being true to your spouse, raising your family with love and earning an honest living. At points, this goal may have seemed out of reach and this is where the lies came in. The blatant disregard for honesty, eventually leading to destruction, can be seen in both literary works, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gasby. Both novels touch upon similar themes regarding the instability and ignorance of the two main characters, Willy Loman and Jay Gatsby....   [tags: American dream, Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman] 1931 words
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One Against the Ocean in Arthur Miller’s "Death of A Salesman" and Henrik Ibsen’s "A Doll House" - Pressure to conform to the societal norms of a culture can often be so weighty that those who balk against it are likely to be crushed. Usually the world wins in a very few cases though, the individual comes out the victor, beating the odds, a stronger human being as a result. In the case of Arthur Miller’s Death of A Salesman, the world devours Willy Loman in his search for the American Dream. It broke him down and eventually destroyed him. Nora Helmer, of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll House, was also consumed by the world, but after being broken, fought her way free and defeated society’s expectations of her....   [tags: Arthur Miller, Death of A Salesman, Henrik Ibsen, ]
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Through his portrayal of Willy Loman what comment is Arthur Miller - Through his portrayal of Willy Loman what comment is Arthur Miller making about the American Dream. The play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller was wrote in 1949, when the foundations for the American dream were created, the play is in fact a parody on the concept of the American dream and how people who were adapting to try and fulfil the dream were failing miserably to do so. If you are a American with a car, a house, a family, a decent job with a good salary and if you consider to hold the respect of those around you then you could say you have reached the American dream....   [tags: English Literature] 1151 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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Death of a SalesmanAct two- Willy and Howard - Death of a SalesmanAct two- Willy and Howard The second act begins with a change in tone from the previous act, as Willy is now cheerful and optimistic and speaks to Linda about buying a new house in the country; he now believes that after seeing Howard he will have his job permanently in New York City. Howard Wagner is Willy’s boss. Howard inherited the company from his father, whom Willy regarded as a “masterful man” and “a prince.” Though much younger than Willy, Howard treats Willy with condescension and eventually fires him....   [tags: English Literature] 904 words
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The American Dream in Death of a Salesman - The American Dream in Death of a Salesman The American dream is an ideal for all Americans to get the best out of life. It stands for an easy and comfortable life, which makes you independent and your own boss. Historically, the American dream meant a promise of freedom and opportunity, offering the chance of riches even to those who start with nothing. This is something that Arthur Miller conveys in his play Death of a salesman....   [tags: Papers] 1372 words
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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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Success in Death Of A Salesman - Death of a Salesman DEATH OF A SALESMAN: THE QUEST FOR SUCCESS What is the "American Dream?" How does one define success. Many people hold different views on how to obtain true happiness. One common view is the accomplishment of something yearned. A majority of individuals desire love, compassion, and a family. On the other hand, there are those concerned with self-image, material items, and the fact that money can indeed buy true happiness. In Arthur Miller's play DEATH OF A SALESMAN [published by Ted Buchholz (1993)]--the story of a sixty-three year old man named Willy Loman striving to achieve the "American Dream" and his family who suffer as a cause--contains many examples of trying to achieve material success....   [tags: Arthur Miller] 1385 words
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Death Of A Salesman by Arthur Miller - Death Of A Salesman by Arthur Miller Willy's character is one of a common man, he isn't anything special, nor ever was he. He chose to follow the American dream and he chose to lead the life it gave him. Willy made the American dream his culture, and the American dream made Willy its victim. The American dream is the belief that through sheer hard work alone, any man can gain professional success and thus receive personal gain (wealth, brand name goods etc.). Failure to fulfil the American dream, is failure in life....   [tags: Papers] 683 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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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller's play, Death of a Salesman contains many themes of success and failure. They include the apartment buildings, the rubber hose, Willy's brother Ben, the tape recorder, and the seeds for the garden. These symbols represent Willy's attempts to be successful and his impending failure. In the start Willy and Linda moved to a home in Brooklyn, as it at the time seemed far removed form the city....   [tags: Papers] 899 words
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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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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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The American Dream in "Death of a Salesman" - Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’ is an examination of American life and consumerism. It relates the story of a common man who portrays this lifestyle. Other issues explored in the play include: materialism, procrastination and alienation. The play was set in 1948, in a time where The American Dream was highly regarded, despite the Depression. The American Dream was a belief that emerged in the later half of the nineteenth century, that if you work hard you will achieve success and prosperity....   [tags: American Literature]
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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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The Power of Women in Death of a Salesman - In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, there are several female characters. Linda Loman is a loyal and nurturing wife and mother and is the person who holds the family together. The other women in the play are wanton and pull the Loman family apart. Both types of women in the play hold a position of power over the pitiful men, whether it is as a matriarch or a whore. Willy, Biff, and Happy Loman all have a common weakness: lack of self-control. Willy had an affair with a woman when he was younger, sleeping with secretaries that could help him make sales to their bosses....   [tags: Arthur Miller]
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Universality of Death of a Salesman - Death of a Salesman's universality comes from its fundamental themes and ideas which will adhere to place and time period it is. They have the ability to connect with such a universal audience because they take into account human nature. We, as readers or viewers, of the play can connect with the concepts presented because they are part of our everyday lives. Let's start off with one of the major themes in the play, which is the pursuit of a dream. For Willy Loman, it is the American dream. His false notion of this dream, which he believes with firm conviction, if you are "well liked" and "personally attractive" you will do well in business and life....   [tags: Arthur Miller]
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The function of flashbacks in Death of a Salesman. - The function of flashbacks in Death of a Salesman. Throughout Death of a Salesman flashbacks are used continuously, typically to present the audience with the Loman family's background and show deterioration. In act one we see the first flashback at the beginning of the play. As the play starts to go into flashback the backdrop changes from the present 'Apartment houses' and the 'surroundings become covered in leaves.' The first sign of the Loman's happy past. Willy is talking sense and telling Biff to watch his schooling, giving him good advice, and then he shows his wealth, polishing the car talking about the hammock that Willy is going to buy, to the punch bag that Willy bought his sons....   [tags: English Literature] 1001 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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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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Death Of A Salesman by Arthur Miller - Death Of A Salesman by Arthur Miller The author of the Death Of A Salesman, Arthur Miller, produces a lot of flashbacks throughout the book involving the main character Willy Loman. I am going to talk about two of the flashbacks that he writes about in the book. These are when Willy talks to 'the woman', and the other one is when Willy talks to Uncle Ben. Both of these flashbacks occur in Act One of the book. The first flashback that I have picked is when Willy talks to 'the woman'....   [tags: Papers] 680 words
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The American Dream - Death Of Salesman - 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: Arthur Miller] 1891 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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Willy's Destruction - In willy's race to gain a rightful position in society, he displays the tragic flaw of pride. Throughout the novel, Willy is seen struggling to maintain his dignity , especially when he refuses the job offered to him by Charley. Even though, he really needs the job, he says "I can't work for you". Charley responds by saying" You been jealous of me all your life"(76).It is obvious that charley realizes willy's excessive pride in not wanting to work for him. Willy's lifelong dream has always been to live the life of a successful salesman .In willy's perception of reality he feels that he is of a higher social standing that what he really is....   [tags: Character Analysis]
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Respect in a Scene from Death of a Salesman - In every book there is a scene, one specific scene that the whole entire story can relate to. In The Death of a Salesman, Willy talks about a salesman, Dave Singleman who was well known and respected. Dave was a true salesman and Willy wanted that not only for himself but also for his son, Biff. Therefore he tried whatever he could to try and lead a life based on Dave. This scene portrays the respect that one person could have and the reflection and inheritance from one person to another. Willy Loman is an aged salesman who has found a fork in the road....   [tags: essays research papers] 872 words
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