Although he does value money highly, he has also turned it down to be with his family. Instead of going on vacations and trips with his brother, Ben, he has stayed home to provide for his family. His relationship with his sons seem to be the one with the most fluctuation as their ideas seem to cause conflict between each other. As his sons grow up, they begin to have their own ideas and goals of which Willy does not completely support. “Willy believes that working on the road by selling is the greatest job a man could have (81).
"The complexity of " In both "Sonny’s Blues" and "The Rich Brother", one of the two brothers encounters success through his life whereas the younger one does not follow the same path and constantly disappoints the other. Pete and Sonny’s brother unconditionally love their own brothers for numerous different reasons and they feel an obligation to the other. They believe that it is their duty to take care of Donald and Sonny, but at the same time they cannot or at least in the beginning understand what drives their brothers in life and moreover the reasons that push them to make the choices they are constantly making. Although Sonny’s bad decisions put him through a lot, he finally reinvents himself and proves to his brother his value. Unfortunately Donald does not evolve enough to meet his brother’s expectations.
Throughout this short story Donald is the one that seems to have a life incomparable to Pete's but both brothers are missing something, and that something is each other. The story begins with Wolff describing the two brothers, Pete is the conceited successful brother with a life people dream about, and Donald is the younger brother who attempts to do something for everyone else when he could. Donald had made odd decisions, such as going to live on a farm in which members of his community had bought to form a family of faith. When Donald became unhappy he became dependent on Pete because he had no where to go, no car, and no money. Pete took action and drove out to pick him up to bring him back to his house.
Willy’s own dream of supporting his family is selfishly getting in the way of what is truly happening: his job is not keeping his family out of financial crisis. Willy’s refusal to take Charley’s job offers only bury him deeper in the hole and goes to prove his obstinate determination in achieving his dreams despite his current situation. For these reasons, Willy is not as much of a tragic hero as Oedipus because he has the opportunity to change and prevent his own
The Loman’s complicated views of success make it hard to achieve happiness: Willy and Happy are focused on Willy’s dream of money and popularity, while Biff is willing to tell the truth, and admit that being a salesman is not the right job for any of them. Willy’s idea that success comes from popularity and wealth is something he just can’t achieve, and he has been lying to himself for so long that he has become delusional. Willy’s dreams of success are inspired by the life of his deceased brother Ben who quickly became a very wealthy man in life. Ben being his hero, bringing Willy to build his own twisted definition to success that is closely related to the classic “American dream”. To Willy, success means wealth, a happy family, big house, popularity, and to be praised.
Pete realizes this and eventually accepts the responsibility of caring for his brother even though he is not required to do so. Verbalizing this realization he says to Donald, “You won’t pay me back. You can’t. You don’t know how. All you’ve ever done is take.
However, this isn't adequate enough for him. When Willy was deciding whether or not to go with his brother to look for his father, he met Dave Singleman. Dave was an extremely successful, eighty four year old salesman, to the point that he could now simply go into his hotel room, call the buyers, and make his living in his green velvet slippers. This view of a calm and successful career made Willy reconsider his decision and instead of going to Alaska he chose to be a salesman. Dave represents a sort of father figure to Willy, and so Willy follows the same path in hopes to create the same future and succ... ... middle of paper ... ...impression that wealth and status are the keys to fulfillment in his life.
He travels all over during the week and is barely able to make enough money to support his family. He has two sons he is very proud of and hopes that they will also be successful. Willy Loman has failed to realize that he is not a successful salesman. He has an illusion of himself as this successful businessman that everybody respects, but in reality he is not respected at all.
“I get the feeling that I won’t sell anything again, that I won’t make a living for you, or a business for the boys” (38) he tells his wife Linda. In spite of his professional disappointments, he clings to his belief that likeability and attractiveness are the cornerstones of achievement. He preaches that a man’s natural gifts are more valuable than his efforts or integrity. “Because the man who makes an appearance in the business world, who creates persona interest, is the man who gets ahead. Be liked and you will never want“(33).
Once Pip returned home to repay Joe and Biddy for their reliability, he made a difference in their lives and his own. After Pip had a near-death experience, he reexamined the valuable relationships in his life and admitted his mistakes. Richard has not been successfully redeemed in his private life because he honestly does not care about his family. Richard has clearly explained that he only cares about his public life because he has no intimacy with his family. Private lives are more important than public lives personal relationships are the ones that that truly count.