Nowadays, people are concentrating more and more on good looks and likeability because it gives them confidence, and often, these traits come with money and power. In Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller portrays the life of a salesman, Willy, who values the superficial quality of likeability and attractiveness over learning. He is obsessed with the idea of being well-liked which ultimately takes him nowhere. His son unfortunately follows that principle and ends up with an unhappy life. Many events that happen in this play reflect on a principle that being popular is not the only thing one needs to have in order to gain respect and be successful in life.
There are many obstacles people have to overcome, and sometimes happiness is not enough for some people. It is why I believe more people should enjoy life and live it to the fullest extent as possible. Happiness allows people to live their lives and look at the good despite all their flaws and as they are happy they look back at what it took for them to achieve happiness. In “Death of a Salesman”, Willy Loman the protagonist is attempting to find out what it takes to be happy. Willy wants to become a great man in life and fails on numerous occasions.
Ann could not manage time effectively because of excessive number of daily tasks, and 24 hours’ time limit. Due to her husband’s extremely busy work schedule, they also cannot spend enough and consistent time together. His schedule also force her to accomplish all household duties by herself like single parent: “His [my husband’s] participation in the family is less than ideal. There’s a lot of single parenting going on which wasn’t really what I signed up for when I got married [laughing] and was like I don’t want to do this on my own I’m gonna have babies with someone who I’m married to. Yeah I’m still single parenting.” Since this is not realistic expectation from one person, she cannot complete all family work by herself and wants help
Having an affair was one of his main problems-he could not put enough love into his family, so he put it anywhere else he could. He visited his mistress on business ventures, which is the only aspect of his life he truly appreciated. Therefore, his home life became full of lies, Biff saying that they “never told the truth for ten minutes.” Miller is, again, critiquing American households, since their typical values revolve more around money and presentation than a loving, kind, and caring home. Willy had a family who loved him, but he neglected to notice this, which lead to his unhappiness. Never placing any type of value of love and kindness can cause a person to become cold and bitter, which is exactly what Willy became.
His return puts constant stress on everyone in the Loman household, as his intentions are never quite made clear. Happy is the neglected younger sibling struggling to live up to the ideals that his father failed to embody. He basks in the attention of his father. Linda Loman, however, is another story. On the surface, she appears to be a devoted wife who struggles to keep her family together despite the dysfunction.
His family was already struggling, but with him off work it made things even harder for them. When he finally gets better and goes to return to work, they won’t give him his job back. he ends up finding work elsewhere, but that wasn’t the end of the working condition problems for this family. Marija Berczynskas, Ona’s cousin, and her fiancé Tamoszius are also dealing with the harsh realities of immigration and poor working conditions. They don’t have a lot of money so they keep putting off their wedding.
Paul worked himself so hard getting money for his mother that he reached a state of physical exhaustion and “the ... ... middle of paper ... ...out children, while Hester lived in a huge house with a family and yet both these women still want more. The opposite situations that both the women are in, exemplifies that no matter how well off and comfortable life is greed will always be present in people. The necklace proves that even if M. Loisel is blessed with a humble house and an average income, because she is never given the luxury of wealth, she still longs for the lifestyle of the privileged, without knowing what life the wealthy actually lead. On the other hand, Hester experiences the luxury and beauty of the rich, but never is she happy in her well off house, beautiful estate and family. Both the authors set up different circumstances of the women’s houses to prove the same point, that no matter how an individual starts in life, rich or poor, the overwhelming desire for more will always control them.
Anney lived in a world where she was a second hand citizen; with her lack of schooling Anney was always depending on a male to take care of her. She was a child that was raising a child and was never on her own enough to be independent person. Even though her husband was everything wrong in a father, she kept a blind eye for all his mistakes due to the fact that he supported her economically. Anney tolerated all the torture her husband imposed upon her in the male dominated society as she tried to free herself from.
When he began to work 'it was almost as if it were her own life'. 'Paul almost hated his mother' for this suffering when his father did not come home from work. He felt she should not waste herself on a man like his father when she could rely on her son. This stems from the jealousy Paul feels of his father because of his place in the household, in his mother's affections and efforts, all of which he disregards. Paul never had a strong constitution as he was subject to bouts of bronchitis.
With her father's death and the humanization process commencing, Emily is also being pitied by the townspeople; something that they could not bring themselves to do before. Up until her father's death, some of the townspeople viewed Emily as an, "obligation" rather than a fellow neighbor. Others viewed her as a very powerful woman who lived in a big house and had her father running her life. Emily never had to pay taxes, which made the townspeople see her as an inhumane person. The people of the town felt like they could never truly pity her because it is impossible to show compassion to an artificial individual.