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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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Marxism and the Fall of Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman - In post-Depression America, the United States endured internal battles in political ideologies between capitalists and Marxists, which is the focus of Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman. According to Helge Normann Nilsen, author of “From Honors At Dawn to Death of a Salesman: Marxism and the Early Plays of Arthur Miller,” the Great Depression had a profound impact in forming the political identity of Arthur Miller: “The Great Depression created in him a lasting and traumatic impression of the devastating power of economic forces in the shaping of peoples’ lives” (146)....   [tags: Death of a Salesman 2014]
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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 and All My Sons as Optimistic Tragedies - Death of a Salesman and All My Sons as Optimistic Tragedies     This essay deals with Arthur Miller, and his uniqueness as a tragic playwright. The research question that this paper attempted to answer was, why were Miller's plays different from many other tragedies. Two of Arthur Miller's tragedies were used in this essay, Death of a Salesman and All My Sons. The thesis of this essay is, Arthur Miller deviates from the standard perception of tragedy in his plays, Death of a Salesman and All My Sons because unlike other tragedies, they are optimistic in that the main character causes the tragedy for what they perceive to be the greater good....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]
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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 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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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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A Shattered Dream in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - A Shattered Dream in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman tells the story of a man confronting failure in the success-driven society of America and shows the tragic path, which eventually leads to Willy Loman's suicide. Death of a Salesman?is?a search for identity, [Willy?s] attempt to be a man according to the frontier tradition in which he was raised, and a failure to achieve that identity because in [1942] and in [Brooklyn] that identity cannot be achieved. (Gross 321) Willy is a symbolic icon of the failing American; he represents those that have striven for success in society, but, in struggling to do so, have instead achieved failure in the most bitter form....   [tags: Miller Death Salesman Essays]
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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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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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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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Reality and Illusion in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman - Reality and Illusion in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman In Arthur Miller’s play, Death of a Salesman, a major theme and source of conflict is the Loman family’s inability to distinguish between reality and illusion.  This is particularly evident in the father, Willy Loman.  Willy has created a fantasy world of himself and his family.  In this world, he and his sons are men of greatness that “have what it takes” to make it in the business environment.  In reality, none of them can achieve this greatness until they confront and deal with this illusion....   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 1076 words
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Common Man as Tragic Hero in Death of a Salesman - Common Man as Tragic Hero in Death of a Salesman What is tragedy. While the literal definition may have changed over the centuries, one man believed he knew the true meaning of a tragic performance. Aristotle belonged to the culture that first invented tragic drama – the ancient Greeks. Through this, he gave himself credibility enough to illustrate the universally necessary elements of tragic drama. In The Poetics, Aristotle gives a clear definition of a tragedy, writing that it is “an imitation, through action rather than narration, of a serious, complete, and ample action, by means of language rendered pleasant at different places in the constituent parts by each of the aids [used to...   [tags: Death Salesman Miller essays]
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The Link between Sports and Success in Death of a Salesman and Fences - The Link between Sports and Success in Death of a Salesman and Fences Sports have become one of the most dominant elements in society. Today sports are an integral part of lifestyle, entertainment and leisure. Sports have become an outlet for success and prestige. The recurring emphasis on sports appears in both Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and August Wilson’s Fences. While Death of a Salesman portrays sports as a means to popularity and subsequent success, Fences portrays sports negatively, discouraging sports, in spite of an unmistakable talent....   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 1120 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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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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Willy Loman as Coward in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Willy Loman as Coward in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Everybody feels the penetrating presence of fear throughout life. However, people’s reactions to this fear separate the brave souls from the cowards. Mark Twain once said, "Courage is resistance to fear; mastery of fear, not absence of fear" (Twain 6). In Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman fears rejection by his son, Biff, and the business world. His fears master him, creating in him a fantasy world of life as it was eighteen years ago....   [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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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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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 Dysfunctional American Dream in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - The Dysfunctional American Dream in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller In the American society, it is thought that if you work hard, no matter what circumstances, you can become rich and powerful. You can overcome deep poverty to become the richest man alive. This superhuman absurdity is what is referred to as the "American Dream." Day after day, Americans struggle to achieve fame and prosperity, only to find failure and heartbreak. The American Dream in today's society is dead and is proven several times through plays, poetry, and essays....   [tags: Death of a Salesman Essays] 1222 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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The Selfish Linda Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - The Selfish Linda Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman       Linda, a character from Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" is a selfish housewife. She pretends to care about her husband, but in reality, prefers that he kill himself so that she can live an easier life. Linda is given nothing but motive for wanting her husband, Willy, to die because of the ways he mistreats her. For example, during a family conversation in Act I, Linda, trying to put in a few words, says, "Maybe things are beginning to change-," with Willy coming in right after her, "(wildly enthused, to Linda)Stop interrupting!..."(1187) Linda, trying desperately to be a part of the conversation, is constantly denie...   [tags: Death Salesman essays]
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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The Deplorable Willy Loman of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - The Deplorable Willy Loman of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman           For those of you that don't know what deplorable means then you need to check out the tragic play "Death of a Salesman", by the American writer, Arthur Miller.  The main character of this story is Willy Loman, who is almost the walking definition of this word. The life of Willy Loman is portrayed as a  tragic existence for these  few reasons;  he was a ghastly role model for his sons,  a inconsiderate and unfaithful husband, he allowed one incident to affect the rest of his life, and finally, he killed himself, when he still had so much to live for....   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 821 words
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Work and Happiness in Death of a Salesman and Remains of the Day - Work and Happiness in Death of a Salesman and Remains of the Day       What a person does to make a living often defines who that person is. Because so much time and energy is invested into work, work is often seen as an extension of oneself. One of the first questions that someone asks after meeting you for the first time is about what you do for a living. The belief is that by knowing what you do, one should be able to tell something about who you are. People almost never ask the more telling question of whether or not you are happy....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]
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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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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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Portrayal of Women in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Portrayal of Women in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Although Death of a Salesman is mainly about a salesman named Willy Loman, the almost hidden presence of the women in the novel goes all too often unnoticed.  Linda Loman seems to be the glue that holds the Loman clan together, as Willy, Biff, and Happy are all deluded in one way or another.  Arthur Miller depicts Willy's wife in a very specific way, and this is a very crucial part of the story.  He depicts the other women in the story in ways that complement Linda's distinct nature.  Although Linda's role as a woman in society is extremely limited, she is a heroic character, both wife and mother to some very sad and twisted charact...   [tags: Death Salesman essays]
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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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The Coward Revealed in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - The Coward Revealed in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman     In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, the main character, Willy Loman, is a struggling salesman. Willy Loman is a complex character who confuses illusion with reality. In a way, Willy has two personalities in this play. The one we see in the present action is a tired man in his sixties. The other Willy is the one we see in flashbacks. He is young and confident. In Act Two, Scene Fourteen, Willy’s son Biff tells him that he loves him....   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 1029 words
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Willy Loman as a Tragic Hero in Death of a Salesman - Willy Loman as Tragic Hero in Death of a Salesman Willy Loman, the troubled father and husband in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, can be classified as a tragic hero, as defined by Aristotle in his work, Poetics. In Aristotle's Poetics, a tragic hero was defined as one who falls from grace into a state of extreme despair. Willy, as we are introduced to him, becomes increasingly miserable as he progresses from a dedicated, loving father, though not without flaws, into a suicidal, delusional man....   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 927 words
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The Two Willy Lomans in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - The Two Willy Lomans in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman   There are two Willy Lomans in The Death of a Salesman. There is the present broken, exhausted man in his sixties, soon to end his life. And there is the more confident, vigorous Willy of some fifteen years before, who appears in the flashbacks. One actor portrays both, readily shifting from one representation to the other. To some extent, of course, the personality remains constant. The younger Willy, although given to boastful blustering, does admit misgivings to Linda and loneliness to Biff....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]
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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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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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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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Symbolism in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman - Symbolism in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman In his play, Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller employs many symbols to illustrate the themes of success and failure.  They include the rubber hose, the tape recorder, and the seeds for the garden.  These symbols represent Willy's final, desperate attempts to be successful and the failure he cannot escape.    The rubber hose represents both success and failure.  It is attached to the gas main in Willy's house and provides him with the opportunity to commit suicide....   [tags: Death Salesman 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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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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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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Comparing and Contrasting the Tragic Heroes in Sophocles’ Oedipus and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman - Sophocles’ Oedipus , presents himself in the beginning of the first scene as a well recognized and respectful King. Oedipus greets the priest and the children with great honor, for he had saved the city from the Sphinx (39.1229), and their expectations were very high for another phenomenon. Arthur Miller’s Willie Loman, the beginning act indicate a man that has given all he had to his family and employer, “never made enough money” (1478) and is in despair of his present condition of not being able to work in an office and not having to travel (1452)....   [tags: Oedipus, Death of a Salesman]
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Willy Loman as Tragic Hero of Death of a Salesman - Willy Loman as Tragic Hero of Death of a Salesman     Willy Loman, the title character of the play, Death of Salesman, exhibits all the characteristics of a modern tragic hero. This essay will support this thesis by drawing on examples from Medea by Euripedes, Poetics by Aristotle, Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, and Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, while comments by Moss, Gordon, and Nourse reinforce the thesis.             Death of Salesman, by Arthur Miller, fits the characteristics of classic tragedy....   [tags: Death Salesman essays Arthur Miller]
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The Presentation of Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - The Presentation of Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller Willy Loman is presented as both a tragic hero and an unconscious victim in "Death of a Salesman". "Death of a Salesman" is very much based upon the American Dream, and whether we are slaves or conquerors of this dream. This is an idea that the playwright Arthur Miller has very passionately pursued both through Willy's own eyes, and through his interaction with the different characters in the play. Firstly, the definitions of a hero and a victim very much influence the way that Willy is viewed by the audience....   [tags: Papers Willy Loman Death Salesman] 2041 words
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The Character of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - The Character of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Willy Loman, the main character in Death of a Salesman is a complex tragic character.  He is a man struggling to hold onto the little dignity he has left in a changing society.  While society may have caused some of his misfortune, Willy must be held responsible for his poor judgment, disloyalty and foolish pride. Willy Loman is a firm believer in the "American Dream:" the notion that any man can rise from humble beginnings to greatness.  His particular slant on this ideal is that a man succeeds by selling his charisma, that to be well liked is the most important asset a man can have.  He made a living at this for 30 years...   [tags: Death Salesman essays Arthur Miller] 1127 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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Willy Loman's Lonely Character in Death of a Salesman - Willy Loman's Lonely Character in Death of a Salesman Willy Loman died the death of a salesman. He did not, however, die the death of popular man. No one cared when he committed suicide. Willy should be looked upon with sympathy. Though he was a respectable man, no one noticed. He worked hard his entire life. He would drive many miles trying to support his wife and kids, and they still did not appreciate him. Loman is simply a disappointed, lonely, and misunderstood man. These qualities should make the reader feel sympathy for Mr....   [tags: Death Salesman essays Willy Loman ] 1377 words
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Plot Overview of Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - Plot Overview of Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller As a flute melody plays, Willy Loman returns to his home in Brooklyn one night, exhausted from a failed sales trip. His wife, Linda, tries to persuade him to ask his boss, Howard Wagner, to let him work in New York so that he won't have to travel. Willy says that he will talk to Howard the next day. Willy complains that Biff, his older son who has come back home to visit, has yet to make something of himself. Linda scolds Willy for being so critical, and Willy goes to the kitchen for a snack....   [tags: Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller Essays] 4956 words
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Willy Loman is No Tragic Hero in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Willy Loman is No Tragic Hero in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman In Arthur Miller’s essay about “Tragedy and the Common Man,” he argues that the common man is as appropriate a subject for tragedy as the very highly placed kings and noble men. Mankind keeps tragedy above all forms because they are given the same mental abilities as the nobles. In “Death of a Salesman”, Willy Loman is a common man and a middle class worker, enough saving to provide food for his family. So if the tragic hero can be a common man, does Willy fit in that category....   [tags: Death of a Salesman Essays]
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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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Willy Loman's Illusions and Delusions in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Willy Loman's Illusions and Delusions in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman   Charley says something in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman that sums up Willy’s whole life. He asks him, "When the hell are you going to grow up” (Miller 97)?  Willy spends his entire life in an illusion, seeing himself as a great man who is popular and successful.  Willy exhibits many childlike qualities and his two sons Biff and Happy pattern their behavior after their father.  Many of these qualities, such as idealism, stubbornness, and a false sense of self-importance in the world have a negative impact on Willy’s family,         Willy is like an impetuous youngster with high ideals and high hopes.  Ch...   [tags: Death Salesman essays]
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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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Arthur Miller's Death Of a Salesman Exposes Morals and Values of American Culture - Arthur Miller's Death Of a Salesman Exposes Morals and Values of American Culture Arthur Miller's play, "Death Of a Salesman" is a very   elaborate play that tells the story of a man's dream to achieve greatness from nothing. It almost seems to make fun of American society's competitive nature, "Imagine. When the mail comes he'll be ahead of Bernard again!" Willy(1215)        The title "Death Of a Salesman" leaves nothing to the imagination of how this play ends. Indeed this is a story about the noble, cowardly death of Willy Loman, a traveling salesman....   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 1075 words
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Degradation of America in All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, and The Crucible. - The Degradation of America in All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, and The Crucible      Arthur Miller was, as a playwright, very critical of American society.  He condemned every aspect and satirized every ideal of modern American culture, from democracy to the American dream.  He degraded every part of Western civilization down to a much more basic and much more negative idea – capitalism became greed, and rule by the people became rule by the mob.  Many people of his era saw him as anti-American, and in many ways, he was....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]
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