Willy, a man who deeply cared about his family was heartbroken at the reality that he was fired, despite the fact that he was “well liked” for 34 years, consistently pouring his heart and soul into his profession. In an attempt to continue to support his family and escape the reality of his unemployment, Willy chose to escape his circumstances by killing himself; for he knew his family would b... ... middle of paper ... ... of them being their way of dealing with issues. Both men run from their issues instead of facing them head on. Interestingly enough, the clear theme seen throughout the life of each one of these men is their deep desire to do justice, undercut by their erroneous way of achieving it. In the end, they both only end up achieving death.
After Willy’s unexpected death, Biff begins to realize that his father had false dreams. Throughout the play, there are multiple occurrences where Biff is correct about his father having all the wrong dreams. First of all, Willy’s talents and dreams are not selling but are using his hands and building things. Second of all, he tries to repeat the success of another salesman named Dave Singleman, and does not try to go after his own. Furthermore, Willy’s unrealistic dreams of Biff having an ideal life technically ruins his son's life and results in a failure for both of them.
Ethan now must forever live in shame and mediocrity, facing every day with both Zeena and Mattie, consumed now by guilt instead of misery. He is proof that happiness can be pursued to maintain hope and faith, but selfish measures for your own benefit can only result in a worse off life. In avoiding his personal responsibilities to pursue happiness, he ultimately failed at succeeding because he put his selfishness infront of his obligations. The idea of shooting for the stars is told to encourage people to pursue what they believe will make them happy. They are not told that when reaching that high, the fall back to reality is the farthest it could possibly be.
In the end Jack gains vital knowledge but it comes at a costly price through the deaths of his friends and father. Jack concludes that "all knowledge that is worth anything is maybe paid in blood" and it is this knowledge that allows Jack to finally move on with his life and to come to terms with many issues such as life, love, and responsibility. When the reader is first introduced to Jack Burden, he seems to be somewhat of an idealistic man with no real ambition for himself but who is not really satisfied or happy with his life and who refuses to see the world for what it really is. "What you don't know don't hurt you, for it ain't real"(30) is a quote Jack picked up during his college days as a history major, and which he cites as the building block for his entire worldview, a worldview that attempts to avoid the idea that actions have consequences and that people must take responsibility for their actions. This idealistic worldview seems to serve as Jack's defense against all that he doesn't understand, especially some key events in his life that influenced him greatly.
Seeing how both families, the Linton and the Earnshaw's stand up for one another, Heathcliff understands that the one thing that kept him alive has now been defeated. Therefore his life has no purpose, and he has lost. Emily Bronte's master piece, Wuthering Heights, is a timeless story of love, deception, betrayal and revenge. It recognizes that life in the world is not a utopia. Revenge is the main theme in the book because it highlights important events, personality flaws, and the path to self-destruction.
Ivan was at fault for his misery, revealing that he ignored his family in order to live up to the standards of the upper class. While Gerasim’s compassion took over Ivan’s thoughts, he realized that he had lived life incorrectly. In his final hours of life, he touches his son, noticing that he had hurt his family he began to understand why his life was full of regret. Ivan lived miserably because he waited until he was dying to reflect on his actions, he never questioned whether his actions were meaningful and did not recognize that his family and he were living a life full of lies. Gerasim reveals the role of altruism and how it permits one to be happy.
Pride deludes the way Oedipus and Willy see their past, affecting how their current life is, leading to their tragic end. C.S. Lewis stated “A proud man is always looking down on thing...as long as you are looking down you cannot see something that is above you” (Lewis), and so for Oedipus and Willy they are unable to see what their life as it is for pride is always causing them to look down and in the past. For Oedipus, his past is what gives him all his troubles. Though his pride is his hamartia and what initiates his tragic fall, Oedipus’ past is the kindling which burned down his world.
Willy is stuck in the past, and is constantly disappointed when he realizes that his dreams and memories are better than his present life, which then leads to his depression and ultimately, his suicide, showing that memories, illusion, delusion of the past have the power to ruin someone’s present and future. First of all, Willy’s mental illness is the main factor that causes the conflict between him and others. Willy is a kind father, who loves and takes care his son, but his attitude indirectly makes situation turn negatively. Willy wants Biff to be successful in business. More than anyone, Biff understands himself as well as what he wants.
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.
The author and journalist Arthur Koestler once said “Nothing is more sad than the death of an illusion.” In Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, the main character Willy Loman’s illusion of his life led to the suffering of others due to the fact that he would not accept that he was not as successful as he believed. Biff, Willy’s son lived in his father illusion and when he realized it was all an illusion he was frustrated and fought with Willy. Biff wanted to do the activities he enjoyed and couldn’t because of his father. Happy, Willy’s other son becomes incredibly similar to his father, never leaving his illusion of how flawless his life was. In addition to this Willy’s wife Linda was constantly trying to please Willy keeping him in his illusion even though she knew they were struggling for money.Through the play Willy Loman has an obsession with the American Dream, which causes the suffering of both his sons Biff and Happy and his wife Linda, which increases the tragic vision of the play as a whole.