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Impact of Charley on Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Impact of Charley on Willy in Death of a Salesman Charley had a huge impact on Willy in the play Death of a Salesman. Willy is jealous of Charley's success. Repeatedly, Willy would go to Charley's to borrow money to pay the bills. Biff and Happy were failures; Willy refuses to recognize this because Bernard, Charley's son was so successful. Charley's effect on Willy has caused him to become extremely spiteful. At the end of every week, Mr. Loman found himself at Charley's feet, begging him for money....   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 345 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 - Biff / Willy - Turning Points A major turning point in the story Death of a Salesman occurs on pages 1394 and 1395. The scene is Willy walking into Charley’s office and he sees Bernard (Charley’s son) waiting in the waiting room. Willy sits next to Bernard and starts to have a conversation with him. The conversation starts out casual, then Willy asks Bernard where did he go wrong with Biff (Willy’s son). Bernard tells Willy that Biff was prepared to attend summer school and Willy was surprised....   [tags: essays research papers] 393 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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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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Pitiful Happy Loman of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - The Pitiful Happy Loman of Death of a Salesman       In Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, Happy Loman is distinguished by his exorbitant insecurity.  He constantly relies on other people's opinions to make his own decisions.  His degrading attitude towards women makes him an immature man.  The reason his is so insecure is because of the example that is set by his father, Willy.         Happy is always following the opinions of other people.  Whether it's his father Willy, or his mother Linda, he consistently makes sure that his opinion coincides with everyone else's.  When Willy asks Biff if Oliver gave him a good welcome, Happy intrudes, crying "Sure, pop, sure (...   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 441 words
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Irresponsibile Biff in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Irresponsibile Biff in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman         Have you ever felt as if you do not know what to do with your life. Everyone does sometimes, but certain people are like that their whole life. These people are irresponsible and depend on others to survive.  In "Death of a Salesman", Biff is one of these people.  He is irresponsible because he depends on Happy, depends on Willy, and does not know what to do for a living.        Biff looks up on Happy as an example of good life.  It seems to him that Happy's life is stable and successful....   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 452 words
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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 Material happiness provides the ambition behind seeking the "Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman ." In Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Willy Loman's determination to live up to his "American Dream" and to seek material happiness only takes his life. What is the "American Dream". The "American Dream" cannot be defined. I know that my "American Dream" consists of a Porsche, a large house, and a happy family. Willy Loman's definition does not differ greatly from mine although while trying to pursue this dream, Willy's mind slowly drifted further and further away from reality....   [tags: Death of a Salesman] 456 words
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Minor Characters' Impact on Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's play, Death of a Salesman - Minor Characters' Impact on Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's play, Death of a Salesman In the Arthur Miller play Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman comes in contact with several characters, many of whom prompt him to examine his past as well as his conscience. Charley's son Bernard is such a character. Lacking dimension and depth of character, Bernard functions primarily as a foil to expose Willy's tragic and pathetic nature. The other characters have no real interaction with Willy that would allow for development....   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 465 words
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Biff's Changing Perception in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Biff's Changing Perception in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman In Death of a Salesman, Biff's perception of society is altered through a chain of events throughout the play.  His unrealistic expectations about how to succeed, learned from his father, eventually caused the destruction of his fantasies.  His concept of an ideal society, where being liked is what is needed to succeed, is harshly changed to a reality where he must realize that hard work and devotion are necessary to prosper.   Through a series of events, Biff gradually comes to a realization of what is necessary for success.  First, we are shown a part of his childhood where Biff is told that "the man who makes an...   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 475 words
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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 Within the tragic play, Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman destroys himself trying to achieve a dream. Yet, the dream that destroys Willy is not one that he has chosen. Willy Loman does not choose this destructive dream because he does not know himself, Willy Loman does not choose a dream at all, one is forced upon him by society. Willy Loman spends the expanse of the play trying to achieve wealth, fame, and the like of others. These ideas epitomize the American Dream, to become a successful, well-liked businessman....   [tags: Death of a Salesman] 478 words
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Impact of Ben Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman - The Impact of Ben Loman’s Character on Theme and Character Development in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman Some characters in literature who only appear briefly in the work can have a tremendous impact on the literature. These characters have a significant presence in the literary work. In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Ben Loman is that character. Ben is the brother of the main character Willy. Though Ben has a brief part in this play, he affects the theme and development of other characters....   [tags: Death Salesman] 483 words
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Symbols and Journey Used in Ellison's Book "Invisible Man" and Miller's "Death of a Salesman" - In the book Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison and the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller the two writers use various symbols to develop the American Literature Theme of The Journey. Two important symbols Ellison uses in Invisible Man are dreams and the narrator’s briefcase. Two important symbols in Death of a Salesman are diamonds and the car. Ellison and Miller use these symbols to take their characters through their life’s journey, whether physical or metaphorical. The portentous dream the narrator has in the beginning of Invisible Man foreshadows his whole journey throughout the book....   [tags: invisible man, death of a salesman] 500 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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The Character of Linda Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - The Character of Linda Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Linda is the heart of the Loman family in Arthur Miller's play, Death of a Salesman.  She is wise, warm, and sympathetic.  She knows her husband's faults and her son's characters.  For all her frank appraisals, she loves them.  She is contrasted with the promiscuous sex symbolized by the Woman and the prostitutes.  They operate in the world outside as part of the impersonal forces that corrupt.  Happy equates his promiscuity with women to taking manufacturer's bribes, and Willy's Boston woman can "put him right through to the buyers."  Linda Loman  holds the family together - she keeps the accounts, encourages her husband,...   [tags: Death Salesman essays]
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death of a salesman - I am reading The Book , “Death of a salesman “, by Arthur Miller. The major theme that runs throughout the book is the importance of being happy with who you are. This idea is seen through how others and Willy view himself. The other way we can see the theme of social acceptance is how Willy pushes it on his son Biff. Lastly the theme is exemplified by how Willy only pays attention to Biff because people like him. Willy thinks that if a person is well-liked, then the entire world opens up to them....   [tags: essays research papers] 542 words
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Imperfect Society Depicted in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Imperfect Society Depicted in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman  Advancements in science throughout this century have led to tremendous advancements in industry.  Advancements in industry, however, have not always led to advancements in living.  For some, society has created mass wealth and enabled a standard of living unparalleled throughout history.  For Willy Loman, society has created only tremendous grief and hardship, aggravated by the endless promise of the good times to come.  For these reasons, Willy’s tragedy is due more to societies flaws than to the numerous flaws in his own character....   [tags: Death of a Salesman] 547 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 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 - 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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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman as Social Commentary - Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman as Social Commentary Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman portrays the Loman's and all the family conflicts they faced.  It's also apparent on a bigger scale that this play is a social commentary.  It touches all the problems brought on by wealth and success in our culture.  Death of a Salesman is more effective as a reflection of society and the problems it faces than as a depiction of family conflicts.     The play showed how Willy Loman's longing to be successful controlled his life and ruined his family.  Willy also represents a large piece of society.  He portrays the people in our culture that base their lives on acquiring money.  Greed for...   [tags: Death of a Salesman] 569 words
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Willy Loman's American Dream in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Willy Loman's American Dream in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Death of a Salesman is the story of Willy Loman, a middle-class salesman who, in the course of a single day, comes to realize that the American Dream, which he has pursued for 40 years, has failed him. Willy's relentless, but naive pursuit of success has not only affected his sense of his own worth but has dominated the lives of his wife Linda and his sons Biff and Happy. In the course of the play he realizes his true position in life, and in a final attempt to secure his personal dignity and provide a future for his sons through his life insurance, he commits suicide....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]
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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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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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Linda Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Linda Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman       Linda Loman is the heart and soul of the Loman household.  She loves her family, even though she is all too aware of husband's faults and her sons' characters. She provides a sharp contrast to the seamy underbelly of the world of sex, symbolized by the Woman and the prostitutes.  They operate in the "real world" as part of the impersonal forces that corrupt.  Happy equates his unhealthy relationships with women to taking manufacturer's bribes, and Willy's Boston whore can "put him right through to the buyers." In Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, Linda Loman holds the family together through purity and love - she keeps the account...   [tags: Death Salesman essays]
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The Destruction of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - The Destruction of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman      Willy Loman is a travelling salesman who has worked for the Wagner firm for 34 years. He is now 61 years old and his job has been taken off salary and put on commission. He has a family and he boasts to them that he is "vital in New England," but in fact he isn’t vital anywhere. Willy has many strong beliefs that he strives to achieve. He wants to own his own business and he wants to be "bigger than Uncle Charley" and especially he wants to be a great success and he tries to emulate Dave Singleman....   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 596 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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Death of a Salesman - Death of a Salesman In the play Death of a Salesman, appearance vs. reality is one of the major themes throughout the story. Biff says it himself, “I’m tired of living in a dream.” Willy represents appearance. His perspective on life was clouded by his need for the “American Dream”. Biff represents reality. Biff saw things for what they truly were and didn’t lie to himself or others. This shows that Willy and Biff are opposite characters who each represent the theme of appearance vs. reality in the play....   [tags: essays papers] 618 words
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Personality and Achievement in the Plays Death of a Salesman and Fences - The characters Willy and Troy, from the plays “Death of a Salesman” and Fences,” share several qualities of personality and achievements. They are both fathers nearly at the twilight of their lives, suffering the consequences of decisions they made when they were younger. These men have worked for their whole lives to make money, as opposed to doing something for which they have passion. Willy and Troy spent their lives trying to achieve stability with money, only to come up with lives that constantly strive for payday, and families that begin to emulate their behaviors....   [tags: Plays, theater, Death of a Salesman, Fences] 619 words
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Crumbling Dreams in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Crumbling Dreams in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman is a play best summed up in its title, it is just that, the death of a salesman. This death is not necessarily the physical end to a human life, but the crumbling end to the dreams of Willie Loman, the play's main character. The three main parts to Willie's world are his job, his family, and his image as seen by the rest of the world. Although these parts are interwoven and interrelated, they are best divided and given separate analysis....   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 622 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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The Destruction of Willy Lowman's American Dream in Arthur Miller's Death of A Salesman - In Arthur Miller's Death of A Salesman readers are introduced to Willy, an ambitious salesman who just can't seem to get a break despite his drive. Willy's life is marked by failure, and an almost stubborn attachment to the idea of striking it big. Willy's life is ended by his own hands, the result of a broken dream that lead to a broken spirit. In many senses Willy represents the idea of the "everyman", the average working class man trying to get ahead, this is reflected in his attachment to the achievement of more wealth, and his idealized vision of how to get there the "American dream." However, Willy can be seen to represent more that just the average man, and it can be argued that Will...   [tags: Death of A Salesman] 627 words
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Willy Loman's Depression in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Willy Loman's Depression in Death of a Salesman   Arthur Miller's, "Death of a Salesman," shows the development and structure that leads up to the suicide of a tragic hero, Willy Loman. The author describes how an American dreamer can lose his self-worth by many negative situations that occur throughout his life. The structure and complications are essential because it describes how a man can lose his way when depression takes over. The first comlication which occurs in Act I, is when the reader acknowledges that Willy put his whole life into his sons, Biff and Happy, and they turned their backs on him....   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 631 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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Popularity and Superficiality in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Popularity and Superficiality in Death of a Salesman    In Arthur Miller’s Death of A Salesman, Willy Lowman possesses the trait of superficiality. Willy’s priorities are to look good and be liked, and this contributes to his misguided path to reach success. This attribute is one of many societal criticisms pointed out by Miller. Arthur Miller criticizes society for perceiving success as being liked and having good looks. He illustrates society’s perception through Willy, who thinks the keys to success are being popular and attractive....   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 656 words
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Willy Loman's American Dream in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Willy Loman's American Dream in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman   Short Essay One     Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman focuses on the American Dream, or at least Willie Loman’s version of it. *Willie is a salesman who is down on his luck. He "bought into" the belief in the American Dream, and much of the hardship in his life was a result. *Many people believe in the American Dream and its role in shaping people’s success. Willy could have been successful, but something went wrong. He raised his sons to believe in the American Dream, and neither of them turned out to be successful either....   [tags: Death of a Salesman] 671 words
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The Mistress in Death of a Salesman - The Mistress in Death of a Salesman The mistress, sultry yet sophisticated, played a larger part in the play, Death of A Salesman, than most would imagine. While she does not make an appearance in the play, she does appear in Willy’s remembered time. During his daydreams, she is referred to as “the woman”. The woman in Death of A Salesman never appears in the play, but has a noteworthy presence because she affects the action, theme, and the development of other characters. As an outcome of having a mistress, Willy’s fragile ego is boosted....   [tags: Death of a Salesman Mistress Characters Essays] 675 words
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The Importance of Biff in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - The Importance of Biff in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller    The play "Death of a Salesman", by Arthur Miller, follows the life of Willy Loman, a self-deluded salesman who lives in utter denial, always seeking the "American Dream," and constantly falling grossly short of his mark. The member’s of his immediate family, Linda, his wife, and his two sons, Biff and Happy, support his role. Of these supportive figures, Biff’s character holds the most importance, as Biff lies at the center of Willy’s internal conflicts and dreams, and Biff is the only one in the play who seems to achieve any growth....   [tags: Death Salesman essays Papers]
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Alienation of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Willy's Loneliness and Alienation in Death of a Salesman  Willy Loman’s feelings of alienation and loneliness are direct psychological results of his interaction with society and the conditions that are found within it.  Although, he does not necessarily have the ability or allow himself to have the ability to define his feelings as such, they are still very much a part of his everyday existence.  This is evident in his constant bragging and attempted compensation.  He does not feel that he is truly a part of society.  Indeed, he is not.  Miller himself seems to be saying that this is not necessarily a bad thing; this society is not that wonderful.  Yet Willy still yearns to be like his b...   [tags: Death Salesman essays]
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Importance of Ben Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - The Importance of Ben Loman in in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman      Ben Loman is an important character in Death of a Salesman but he is quite unusual.  The audience encounters Uncle Ben during Willy Loman's hallucinations of the past and as a result, it is tempting to disregard his character as just another creation of Willy's delusional mind.  However, Ben is much more than that.  His character is representative of Willy's unrealistic dreams as well as the realty of his life.  When the audience first encounters Ben (Miller 44), he represents the success that Willy is striving for.  Before the audience learns of the success that Ben encountered in Africa, they see him on the sta...   [tags: Death Salesman essays]
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Realism in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Realism in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Realism may be defined as an attempt to reproduce the surface appearance of the life of normal people in everyday situations (Kennedy 1410). Basically realism is a situation that normal people can relate to based on their own experiences. Realism is extremely prevalent in the play Death of a Salesman. The characters in the play have real world problems. Lack of money is one of the problems, which is a problem for many people. There are also many conflicts within the family; related to each characters definition of success....   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 685 words
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Popularity, Physical Appearance, and the American Dream in Death of a Salesman - For many, the “American Dream” is the hope for a future filled with success and fortune.  Although many may share the idea of the American Dream, each person has a different perception of what is necessary to achieve this goal.  Willy Loman, the lead character of Miller’s play, Death of a Salesman, believes that popularity and physical appearance are the keys that unlock the door to the “American Dream”.             We are first introduced to the importance of popularity and physical appearance when Willy is speaking to his wife, Linda, about their son Biff.  “Biff Loman is lost,” says Willy.  “In the greatest country in the world, a young man with such personal attractiveness gets lost.”  I...   [tags: Death of a Salesman]
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The Significance of Music in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - The Significance of Music in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman     Human emotions are something that we seldom find a way to express clearly: from simple hand gestures, to a disgusted face. To understand his novel more thoroughly, Arthur Miller uses the most understandable method of comprehension, music, to express the emotions of the characters in his play, "Death of a Salesman". The characters, Willy, Linda, Biff, Happy, and Ben, have a certain style of music and instruments portraying them to show the reader what type of emotional person they are....   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 733 words
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The Requiem Scene in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - The Requiem Scene in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman The death of Willy Loman was remembered by few.  He was mourned not because of his tragic death but because of his despairing life.  The Requiem scene in Death of a Salesman describes the ill-attended funeral of Willy, the tragic hero who struggled to fulfill his vision of the American Dream.  This scene brings closure to the play because the audience realizes that only in death is Willy able to accept the failure and false success that has plagued him and his family for years.  Resolution is brought to conflicts between Willy and his own disillusionment, Willy and his hopes for his boys, and Willy and the betrayal of his wife, Linda...   [tags: Death Salesman essays]
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Theme of Success in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Theme of Success in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman One of the important themes in Death of a Salesman is the nature of success. Many people believe that success is about making a lot of money. They say that with money comes happiness. However this may not always be true. In other words success is defined as the accomplishment of something that was desired. Furthermore it is about being happy, proud and secure about yourself. Although true success originates from the heart, achieving it requires hard work and determination.  In Death of a Salesman, the characters that are successful are Dave Singleman, Ben and Bernard....   [tags: Death of a Salesman] 752 words
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The Conflicted Linda Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - The Conflicted Linda Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman   Watching a solitary blade of grass will never tell you the direction of hurricane, just as one characteristic can never describe Linda Loman. In Death of a Salesman, Linda Loman is a woman torn between guilt, retaliation, and pity. Her guilt stems from the fact that she prevented Willy from pursuing his true American Dream; she retaliates in response to Willy's failure; she feels sorry for Willy, because he is a "pitiful lone adventurer of the road" (47)....   [tags: Death Salesman essays Arthur Miller]
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