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Willy Loman's Distorted Values in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman - Willy Loman's Distorted Values in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman     Willy Loman, the central character in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, is a man whose fall from the top of the capitalistic totem pole results in a resounding crash, both literally and metaphorically. As a man immersed in the memories of the past and controlled by his fears of the future, Willy Loman views himself as a victim of bad luck, bearing little blame for his interminable pitfalls. However, it was not an ill-fated destiny that drove Willy to devastate his own life as well as the lives of those he loved; it was his distorted set of values....   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 944 words
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Father-son Relationships and Conflicts in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Father-son Relationships and Conflicts in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman In many literary works, family relationships are the key to the plot. Through a family’s interaction with one another, the reader is able decipher the conflicts of the story. Within a literary family, various characters play different roles in each other’s lives. These are usually people that are emotionally and physically connected in one way or another. They can be brother and sister, mother and daughter, or in this case, father and son....   [tags: Death Salesman essays] 1202 words
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Willy Lowman's Misguided Dream in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller‘s Death of a Salesmen is a bittersweet play about the Loman family and their life with a salesman as a father. Most of the play takes place in the Loman home and revolves around a series of conversations and flashbacks from Willy‘s past. Through these flashbacks, we find out that Willy has had an affair, has a strained relationship with this eldest son, and lies to his entire family about how he is doing at work. Miller paints a fascinating picture of how the wrong ideas to succeed in the business world have not only kept Willy from becoming a great salesman but also led to the failure of his family‘s life....   [tags: Death of a Salesman 2014]
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The Midlife Crises in Death of a Salesman, Alfred J. Prufrock, and American Beauty - The Midlife Crises in Death of a Salesman, Alfred J. Prufrock, and American Beauty       Disillusioned and disenchanted, both Arthur Miller's Willy Loman and American Beauty's Lester Burnham share sexual frustrations and a dissatisfied longing for their respective pasts, but Willy, like T.S. Eliot's equivocating Prufrock, is unable to move beyond the failures inherent in his mediocrity and instead retreats into his delusions.   On the surface, Willy and Lester have all the elements of settled, prosaic lives shaped from the pattern of the "American Dream": large homes in middle- or upper-class neighborhoods, successful children, loving wives....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]
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Common Man Tragedy in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - The idea of dramatic tragedy is a classical one, discussed in Aristotle's Poetics. Before it can be established as to whether Miller really has written a tragedy or not, the very concept of tragedy must be investigated. Aristotle asserted, 'Tragedy is a representation, an imitation, of an action.1. He went on to outline the common features tragic drama must have. Tragedy has six elements, which, in order of importance, are: plot, character, thought, music, language, and spectacle. The plot requires peripeteia, anagnorisis, and cathartic effect....   [tags: Death of a Salesman Essays]
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Letter To Linda for Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman - Dear Mother, Since I have been visiting your sister’s family for a while now, I do believe that I must inform you of the state in which this family is in. I have some concerns in regards to the well being of the four members living under this tension-filled roof. I am watching a horrible train wreck that is just about to occur right before my baby blue eyes. Linda seems to be a very giving woman. She resembles you, my mother, very much. The difference comes in years; she looks much older than you....   [tags: Arthur Miller Death Salesman] 1540 words
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Willy Loman's Vision of America in Death of a Salesman - Willy Loman's Vision of America in Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller's 'The Death of a Salesman,' is about a man, Willy Loman, whose life is going downhill and coming to an end. Willy Loman was a good salesman because he cared and was honest and through his personality he sold his goods. Time has moved on, but Willy hasn't. The business world has moved ahead and the way of selling goods had changed, but Willy can't see this. Willy Loman has never come to terms with reality. His life is a dream and derives all his pleasures from the past and he always assures himself that all is well....   [tags: Willy Loman Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman] 1510 words
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Capitalist Society in The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - Capitalist Society in The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller "Death of a salesman" is a "tragedy of a common man". Throughout the play the reader sees how Willy Loman struggles to achieve something, which is beyond his capability. He has a dream, the American dream of success and accomplishment. And yet, he is not able to ever thrive because his idea of how to succeed is wrong. The times have changed, the play is set in the period of an economic boom and increasing desire for material goods in America and the Loman family is now living in a capitalist society, however, Willy seems not to have realised that things have changed....   [tags: Papers Miller Salesman Death Essays] 1058 words
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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 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 - What encompasses the American Dream. Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” offers a realistic, stark picture of lives overflowing with dreams wished and dreams broken; yet, there are no dreams realized here. Their dreams comprise glory and fearlessness over those which genuinely can be achieved. Although Willy, Linda, Biff and Happy, as individuals, still believe in the American Dream, it’s clear that it represents something different for each. Willy Loman has an innate ability for dreaming way beyond his capabilities....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Arthur Miller] 762 words
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Dreams in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - What is a man, but, pieces of limbs made into a body and a mind, full of thoughts, beliefs, and dreams - dreams that urges one to try and convinces one to live. What if the dream, the reason to live, leads one to a futile life. In the Death of a Salesman, by playwright Arthur Miller, Willy the main character slowly dies as his dreams demise. In this play, one can discern how people surrounding Willy influenced his dreams and how his dreams influenced himself and his sons’ lives. This is best exemplified by the influence he received from his father, a famous salesman and his wife, who all aided in constructing his life to the wrong dreams and principles, and consequently destructing his sons’...   [tags: willy, dreams, death]
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Death of a Salesman: The Flaws and Failures of Willy Loman - Arthur Miller’s play “Death of a Salesman”, primarily focuses on the flaws and failures of Willy Loman, Millers’ main character in this story. Willy’s distorted and backward views of the American Dream, paired with his inability to let go of the past lead him down a road of regret and in the end his biggest failure which was his wasted life. Willy Loman is a 60 year old senile salesman who desperately wants to be a successful salesman; however, his ideas about the ways in which one goes about achieving this are very much misguided, just as his morals are....   [tags: arthur miller, american dream, salesman] 556 words
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The Tragedy of "Death of a Salesman" - In the writing world today, there are many definitions for technical terms that are used to describe certain genres of theatre, music and literature. There are romantic novels, musical dramas, and tragic plays. Tragedy is a difficult genre to pinpoint and label. The title ‘tragedy’ can be placed on virtually any piece of writing that involves a death. But it also is up to the individual as to what they believe a tragedy is defined as. The play, Death of a Salesman is not tragedy in the traditional sense of the word....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - The tragic tale Death of a Salesman fulfills Aristotle’s definition of a tragedy to a great degree. The play conforms to Aristotle’s definition seamlessly for the factors of plot, thought, diction, and spectacle, satisfying all of the key necessities for each section. Character, also, fits well with his definition, but there are a few deviations from Aristotle’s perfect tragedy that prevent a seamless fit. The use of a chorus is completely ignored in this play, but being one of the least important elements, it does not affect the overall worth of the play....   [tags: business trip, aristotle]
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The American Dream and Death of a Salesman - The American Dream is one of the most sought-after things in the United States, even though it is rarely, if ever, achieved. According to historian Matthew Warshauer, the vision of the American Dream has changed dramatically over time. In his 2003 essay “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Changing Conceptions of the American Dream”, Warshauer claims that the American Dream had gone from becoming wealthy by working hard and earning money, to getting rich quickly and easily. He attributes this change to television game shows, state lotteries, and compensation lawsuits....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - Arthur Miller is the playwright behind Death of a Salesman. Arthur was born on the 17th of October 1915 into a wealthy New York City family. When the Great Depression hit, the family lost their money in the stock market and were forced to sell and move to Gravesend, Brooklyn. There, Arthur finished high school, working in odd jobs until he had enough to afford college at the University of Michigan. Arthur got his degree and moved back to New York City where he began his career as a playwright. ("Arthur.”) Arthur’s first Broadway play was a disaster and closed after four showing....   [tags: mary slaterry, marilyn monroe]
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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - Willy Loman, from the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, exhibited the traits of a tragic hero. His disastrous qualities came prior to his foreshadowed death when he realized his existence had not panned out the way he had hoped. Mr. Loman aroused sympathy from the readers as he dedicated his life to a single cause, all while having a weakness of pride that led to his catastrophic passing. Willy was destined to pass away from the very start of the story, just like a tragic hero characteristically does....   [tags: literary analysis, plays]
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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - ... George Aaronow keeps asking of the leads came in yet, to which Ricky says no, I’ll be at the restaurant, Shelly Levene v. Willie Loman After reading this story, and Death of a Salesman, I do see similar circumstances surrounding both Shelly Levene and Willie Loman. Shelly is portrayed as a salesman in the middle of a major career downturn, and is faced with losing his employment if his sales do not pick up. Like Shelly, Willie Loman is a salesman down on his luck, and eventually does lose his job due to his poor performance....   [tags: deceit, glengarry, levene] 757 words
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Subjugaiton of women in death of a salesman - Arthur Miller said about women, “I like the company of women. Life is boring without them” (guardian.co.uk). The company that Miller believes women provide becomes an important aspect in the decisions he makes in his adulthood. During his adulthood, decided to engage in short-lived relationships and marry three different women. Quickly after college, Miller married his college girlfriend, Mary Grace Slattery, and started a family with her. Soon afterwards, Miller met and immediately connected with iconic Marilyn Monroe....   [tags: Theatre] 2268 words
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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - In “Death of a Salesman” written by Arthur Miller, Willy Lowman is a man obsessed with greatness and his downfall arises directly from the misconception of himself as someone capable of greatness. Willy Lowman “is caught-up in the "American Dream" which consists of a genuine and determined belief that in America all things are possible to all men regardless of birth or wealth” (Zhao). The “American Dream” is the belief that through hard work, perseverance and ingenuity one may find happiness through wealth....   [tags: play story and character analysis] 1563 words
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King Lear and Death of a Salesman - ... Arudanthi Roy, however, uses her contemporary Indian novel to illustrate, using a proleptic and coalesce structure, the lives of the protagonists living in a post – colonial society. In each of these three texts there are characters who fit the stereotypes that society has instilled in them, but then there are those characters who noticeably differ from the norm; According to 19th century novelist Alfred de Musset “how glorious it is – and how painful – to be an exception.” Hence this statement can be seen as applicable to these characters, because in all three texts these characters do end up losing a lot....   [tags: Shakespeare, Arthur Miller, play analysis] 660 words
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King Lear and Death of a Salesman - Social pressures change as time passes, therefore it is interesting to see how these three texts whom differ by almost four hundred years perceive society and the effect this has on the protagonists; Shakespeare’s King Lear which was first performed in 1606 during the Jacobean era, presents a patriarchal society. Whilst, Arthur Miller uses the characters in ‘Death of a salesman’ to show the failure of the ‘American dream’ during the “golden era” of America in the late 40’s. The ‘American Dream’ was a set of ideals which suggested that anyone in the US could be successful through hard work, and had the potential to live a happy life....   [tags: comparison of Shakespeare and Arthur Miller] 2158 words
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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - In the play, Death of A Salesman, Arthur Miller depicts the dissolution of the American family, as well as the decline of the prosperous lifestyles that defined past generations, illustrating the theme of American decadence. From page one, the idea is set in motion by Miller that “the mighty have fallen”; that society clearly is no longer a place of opportunity. In this play, Miller puts forward the idea that opportunities of past generations in areas such as education and vocation are now nonexistent....   [tags: Play Analysis, Theme, American Society] 1118 words
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Death of a Salesman and American Beauty - Death of a Salesman is a play by Arthur Miller that follows the dying days of Willy Loman. Willy is a salesman who is not very at selling whatever he is selling so he takes the easy way out and goes to his neighbor, Charley, who has worked very hard for his money. Willy thinks that Charley and his son Bernard are nerdy and that they are not successful. Success to Willy is all about looks, which is why his son Biff grew up with the idea that as long as you are well liked than you will be successful....   [tags: compare contrast, comparison]
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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: Arthur Miller]
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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - Since the beginning of the Industrial Age, Americans have idealized the journey towards economic success. One thing people do not realize, however, is that journey is not the same for every individual. Media often leads its viewers toward a “one size fits all” version of success that may help themselves, but will rarely help the viewers. This is seen in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Miller includes multiple instances of symbolism and personification to reveal to the reader the situational irony in Willy’s life, underlining the theme of self-deception in regard to the American Dream....   [tags: being blind, personification, symbolism]
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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - ... According to Willys mind he could “go into 20-30 cities pick up a phone, call the buyers and make a deal” Which was not really the case it’s just him giving his family false hope and believing his own lies. Howard Wagner, Willy’s boss is not a very happy person and was not a big fan of Willy Loman and the way he did business. Wagner gradually got Willy out of the business, first he downgraded him to commission only so he only got paid if he made sales and when that failed as well he eventually just fired him....   [tags: character analysis, Willy Loman]
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Realizing Failure: Death of a Salesman - In the tragic American play “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller. Willy Loman, the protagonist, is a salesman who is becoming more elderly and tired. He has been in the same position at his company for 30 years and has now been reassigned to a traveling job with only the pay of commission, not salary. He is struggling financially and the traveling from Brooklyn to New England is taking a toll on him at his old age. His wife, Linda, asks him to ask for an increase in pay or a desk job so he does not have to travel at his old age....   [tags: Arthur Miller, Play Analysis]
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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is about a traveling salesman named Willy Loman who has hit a rough patch in his life. Willy seems to have a normal family, with a wife and two boys. His sons, Happy and Biff, while different, represent Willy in many ways. Willy always strived to be successful and struggled for acceptance, which also represents his sons personalities and outlooks. As Pamela Loos says, “Willy Loman fails to understand himself and esteems a career path that goes against who he truly is,” this keeps him from ever being happy with himself....   [tags: willy loman, happiness, dreams]
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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Failure in a successful society Failure is only the opportunity to begin again, only this time more wisely. (Henry Ford). This quote directly relates to Death of a salesman written by Arthur miller. In the play Willy Constantly fails in everything in his life, However he doesn’t take the opportunity to begin again more wisely. The author has used symbols which are intertwined to accentuate the central meaning of the play. In the play, death of a salesman, Arthur Miller portrays the central theme, which is failure of Willy in a successful society by using meaningful symbols such as, Wire recorder, seeds, and the diamonds....   [tags: failure in a successul society] 914 words
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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - Many families suffer from dysfunctions. In the Death of a Salesman written by Arthur Miller, you have a dysfunctional family, Willy thinks he is an advanced salesmen getting cheated out of an amazing opportunity in New York, Linda believes her husband Willy is mentally sane and that he just has bad luck, Happy says he’s a salesmen when he has been keeping his real work hidden from his family, and Biff has been bouncing around from job to job down west. Willy, Linda, Biff, and Happy use self-deception as a means to mentally escape the reality of their lives....   [tags: dysfunctional familly, willy]
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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - The only way to become a truly happy person is to surround yourself with the things that make you happy. Setting logical goals and pursuing dreams is going to lead to a successful life. In the play, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Willy, Linda, Biff, and Happy use self-deception as a means to mentally escape the reality of their lives. Biff is the only character who becomes self-aware by the end of the play. He realizes that his whole life has been a lie and that Willy’s standards for Biff’s achievements in life are simply unreachable....   [tags: personal failures, self-deception]
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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Provide detailed background on the playwright and his method of inquiry. Death of a Salesman is one of Arthur Miller’s most famous works. It talks about the painful encounters within one family. It also tackles larger problems about American values. The play shows the faith in the American Dream. Miller proves that America is selling false dreams and hopes. Contrast, compare, or contextualize this in relation to other works by Arthur Miller. Arthur Miller's work covers a collection of themes. The American working class played a huge part in his writing....   [tags: famous playwrights, analysis and contrast]
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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 Salesman by Arthur Miller - ... It got to the point where my eyes started to burn and all I wanted to do was to pull my hair out. He accepted the matter of his sons stealing, which definitely had a substantial impact on me. Just ten minutes into the performance, there was one element which I knew would haunt me for the rest of the play; Willy’s painful voice. His voice was like that of a lethal bullet which ricocheted in my ears, hitting every possible angle. Before I knew it his voice had anchored, and all I could do was to live through the dreadful scenes wishing the end was nigh....   [tags: american dream, willy loman] 655 words
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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - ... WILLY: No, she died a long time ago. CHARLEY: Who. BEN: That’s too bad. Fine specimen of a lady, Mother. WILLY, to Charley: Heh. BEN: I hoped to see the old girl. CHARLEY: Who died. BEN: Heard anything from Father, have you. WILLY, unnerved: What do you mean, who died. CHARLEY, taking a pot: What’re you talkin’ about. (Miller 46) Though Ben had died weeks prior to this conversation, Willy is having delusions that Ben is in the room with Charley and himself. Willy begins speaking to non-existing Ben while Charley can only hear what Willy is saying and grows concerned for his friend....   [tags: play and character analysis]
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Death of a Salesman Character Analysis - Alistair Deacon from As Time Goes By once said that, “The people in the book need to be people.” The main character in a story or in a play always has to be somewhat likeable or relatable. Who doesn’t like to feel like they can relate to their favorite character in a story. In many cases the authors of stories or books always try to make the reader feel like they are not the only ones with problems or going through a crazy situation. Wanting the reader to become engaged in the characters' conflicts is what they aim for....   [tags: characters, arthur miller, suicide] 1323 words
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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - ... Saying he is very well liked in Hartford but then says he is ignored and unnoticed most of the time. This shows that he frequently uses self-deception to deceive himself about his success. The truth about his life however is close by and this drives him insane. Linda the wife and mother of the Loman house is no better than her husband. She likes to create illusions that their life is good and that she is content with it. We all could tell this isn’t the case. She often feeds willy’s self-deception....   [tags: play analysis]
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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Linda Loman As time grows, a spouse becomes a soul mate, best friend, and lover all in one. No one will ever show their dedication and love for you like your significant other and that’s what Arthur Miller addresses in the play Death of a Salesman. Linda Loman is the wife of Willy Loman, a man that treats her wrong but she still stands by his side. Linda is a vital character because she never has a low personality, she chooses her husband over her children she’s strong when her husband passes away and she the voice of the playwright....   [tags: character and literary analysis]
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Death of Salesman by Arthur Miller - In the play Death of a Salesman by the playwright Arthur Miller, the use of names is significant to the characters themselves. Many playwrights and authors use names in their works to make a connection between the reader and the main idea of their work. Arthur Miller uses names in this play extraordinarily. Not only does Miller use the names to get readers to correlate them with the main idea of the play, but he also uses names to provide some irony to the play. Miller uses the meanings of some of the names to tie in the characteristics of the characters....   [tags: names as metaphors]
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Death of a Salesman Analysis - Many works of literature have the theme of a failed American Dream, which is the basic idea that no matter what social class an individual may be, they still have an equal ability to achieve prosperity and a good life for their family; however, there has been much debate over whether or not the American dream is still obtainable in modern society. One piece of American literature that substantiates the fact that the American Dream can not be gotten is Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman which describes the tragedy of the average person in America....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Death of a Salesman - 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 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 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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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 - In 1949 a play that was to influence the views of many about the American Dream and its realities was published. Death of a Salesman was written by Arthur Miller and eventually went on to earn him the prestigious Pulitzer prize. This play was predominantly set in the 1920s-30s and gives a deep insight into how the great depression affected working families during this period in time. Miller based this dramatic play solely around the American dream. The American dream was a far fetched belief that if u migrated to America with a little money and an amount of self belief, through hard work you could become prosperous and be able to provide for your family....   [tags: Arthur Miller] 1338 words
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Death Of A Salesman - Death Of A Salesman 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 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 - 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 - 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 - 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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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” written by Arthur Miller in 1948 attempts to give the audience an unusual glimpse into the mind of a Willy Loman, a mercurial 60-year-old salesman, who through his endeavor to be “worth something”, finds himself struggling to endure the competitive capitalist world in which he is engulfed. Arthur Miller uses various theatrical techniques to gradually strip the protagonist down one layer at a time, each layer revealing another truth about his distorted past. By doing this, Miller succeeds in finally exposing a reasonable justification for Willy’s current state of mind....   [tags: Arthur Miller Exposes Willy Loman]
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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 - 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 - Drug For Sanity in Death of a Salesman Willy Lowman’s Drug for Sanity No one’s life can be classified as “normal”. Everyone has conflicts that they have to eventually deal with. People do in fact deal with these personal conflicts in different ways; some take it easy some take it hard. Some ignore the problem as long as possible and some deal with it right away to get it out of the way. In Death of a Salesman, Willy Lowman’s technique to his problem solving leads to severe consequences. Willy never does anything to help the situation; he just escapes into the past to happier times when there were few problems....   [tags: essays papers] 827 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 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - 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 - &#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 - 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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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 - 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 - 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 as long as possible, while some attack the problem to get it out of the way. Willy Lowman's technique in Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman, leads to very severe consequences. Willy never really does anything to help the situation, he just escapes into the past, whether intentionally or not, to happier times were problems were scarce....   [tags: essays research papers] 1809 words
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death of a salesman - BANG. Your father is dead. Within a few seconds, although he attempted many times, your father dies. He gave up. All the fights, all the disrespect, and all the struggles are behind you. However, all the hope, all the passion, and all the love is still there. In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, the main conflict is between Willy Lowman and his son Biff. Most of their struggles are based on disrespect; however, much of the tension throughout the play is also caused by the act of giving up. Disrespectfulness is the cause of personal tension in this play....   [tags: essays research papers] 784 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 - 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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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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The play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - The play Death of a Salesman, written by Arthur Miller, is about an average salesman living in Brooklyn, New York in the 1940’s named Willy Loman. Willy firmly believes in the American dream and is living his life aspiring to gain the wealth and materials associated with those of higher status in society. This American dream tears apart his family and the end result is his own demise. Glengarry Glen Ross, by David Mamet, has a plot similar to Death of a Salesman in that it is about salesmen and it shows the effects of capitalism on people and society....   [tags: modern tragedy, american dream] 1067 words
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Willy's Misconception of Himself in “Death of a Salesman” - The play, “Death of a Salesman” written by Arthur Miller, presents Willy Loman, as a salesman, who fails to earn a living and slowly loses his mind. Willy continuously seeks the past to find out where he went wrong. During his years in life, Willy wanted his two sons, Biff and Happy to become someone they’re not; Willy wanted them to become a salesman like him. However, because of his obsession in the American Dream of easy success and wealth, he created a life full of lies for himself and his sons....   [tags: Character Analysis, Arthur Miller, Literary Analys] 620 words
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Comparing The Cats Table and Death of a Salesman - Both literary works, The Cats Table and Death of a Salesman demonstrate that everything is not always as it seems. Society tends to take things out of context, thus changing the outlook society has. Not everything is always as it seems. This idea is presented through the use of setting, point of view and symbols. There is always more to things than what meets the eye and everything is not always as it seems. Setting plays a large role in initiating the story and setting the feeling, the entire story revolves around setting....   [tags: compare contrast]
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Comparison of Death of a Salesman and The Glass Menagerie - Example: I asked Gina to accept my hand in marriage. She then smiled and as I awaited her response, her face appeared to diffuse just as leisurely as a dinner candle that is dripping its’ melting wax onto the fibers of an Egyptian, cotton tablecloth. The sentence example preceding this paragraph can be perplexing to any reader when any additional details are not given that describe the context in which this sentence has been written. Devoid of any transition in the opening sentence of this paper, the audience may not be able to discern whether the actions in the sentence are real or part of a dream or some alternate reality....   [tags: Writing Techniques, Playwrights]
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The Plot in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - Plot, characterization, and dialogue are the elements of drama that I’ve chosen to analyze for Death of a Salesmen. Willy seems to be in conflict with himself and everyone else in his life. Conflict is what drives the plot and will be the main element of drama that’s analyzed in this essay. In Death of a Salesman Willy is the protagonist and his son Biff is the antagonist, he provokes Willy’s anger by not holding a steady job and measuring up to what his father feels he should be. The plot in Death of a Salesman is dialogue driven and the theme of the play is the death of Willy’s career and his inability to become successful in life....   [tags: Character Analysis, Willy, Biff]
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Death of a Salesman versus The Cat's Table - ... A salesman is got to dream, boy.” This quote helps us better understand that Willy Loman is a small man in a big world and if he does not dream or over exaggerate at all he will not amount to much. Willy portrays himself as a very successful man, but realistically, Willy Loman is a failure who will never amount to anything. The Cats Table is a tale which involves much mistreatment and neglect to those who do not deserve it. “What is interesting and important happens mostly in secret, in places where there is no power”....   [tags: Arthur Miller, Michael Ondaatje, story analysis] 745 words
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The Tragedy of the Common Man in Death of a Salesman - Death of a Salesman, written by Arthur Miller in 1949, won a Pulitzer Prize and established Miller’s international status. The play conveys issues of social realism and family complications as it explores the life of a man who lives in a fragmented state of reality with unfulfilled hopes and dreams. Arthur Miller’s play raises the question of the significance and value of the American dream by contrasting the two different views of becoming successful; one view believes that hard-work and support will lead to success, while the other relies on popularity, attractiveness, and likability to be successful....   [tags: Arthur Miller, literary analysis]
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