Throughout Willy’s life he was constantly abandoned, by both his father and his brother at very young age. Since Willy has no reference to look up to, he is somewhat left to figure things out on his own. In Willy’s mind, everything he teaches his children is perfectly ok. Willy’s moral flaws and constant idealization of the “American dream,” ultimately stem from his absent father. We can see that Willy’s obsession with the “American dream” obviously comes from his father. When Willy’s father left, he never really left him with anything tangible or anything as far as money goes.
Not even his boss or any of his co-workers, whom he worked with for decades, put in an appearance. This i... ... middle of paper ... ...ly’s inability to step back and view others for what they truly are lead to his ultimate downfall. Willy’s countless efforts to achieve his goal of the American Dream are thwarted each time. His attempts at financial success all end in failure. No one, not even his family, believes Willy’s portrayal of himself as being well liked.
“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”(Tucker p.56) This quote by Winston Churchill relates to Biff, Willy’s oldest son, and how he gave up on life once he found out the truth and reality about his dad. Upon finding his father cheating on his mother, Biff decides not to take the summer school math class which would have allowed him to graduate high school and go to the University of Virginia. Biff was raised by his father to believe that success and wealth in life were two of the most important goals to achieve. Upon finding the truth of his father’s life, Biff realized his father had neither of these qualities and felt he had lived a life based on falsehoods. Biff left his home to pursue the life of a rancher, which caused him to loose contact with his father.
However, Moshe later gets deported, leaving Wiesel seemingly fatherless once again. Wiesel and his family had no idea of the terrors that would come with deportation. At the time it seems harmless, but they have no idea what lies ahead of them. This is what first marks the beginning of the first change in the relationship between Wiesel and his fa... ... middle of paper ... ..., along with eternal guilt, remains with Wiesel forever. Although Wiesel and his father’s relationship starts out very distant, they are almost inseparable by the time his father dies.
Not even my own mother!” (Hansberry, 85). In all of his life, Walter was not allowed to grow into a man and bear the responsibility of his life and the lives of his family. Mama has always been the head of the family, and Walter never got the chance in his childhood to take responsibility with less important matters; therefore, when he is handed a check for $6500, Walter does what he never had the chance to do before. Walter’s father was a proud man who wanted his family t... ... middle of paper ... ...s possessions in the minds of many people. They can tear apart a family like the Youngers, or they can grasp and control a mind like that of Walter.
Willy however does not want to hear what he tries to say and always avoids his accusations. Even worse than Willy´s reaction is that of Happy. Happy even contradicts his brother when Biff claims that neither his mother and father nor the two brothers have ever fully told the truth. Besides that he does not seem to have understood anything of what Biff had told his family, ´cause right after Biff heads for his bedroom Happy again tells his father that he is going to get married and that he´ll be running the apartment he is working at, which shows that he is even more lost in the dreams of his father than any other character in the play. The most important reason for his suicide is that Biff pulls him back into reality when Willy is again about to drift off into his dreamworld.
“No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart”(Fitzgerald 45-46). The desire to be loved and cared is a feeling that one has always subconsciously yearned from others, even at the cost of one’s self. Jimmy Gatz wanted to live a life where he was happy with the person he loved and showcase what he truly cared about. He could never get that feeling from his parents. “His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people — his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all.”(94).
Instead, it was his work, coming before his family, his friends, and even himself. Not only is Willy Loman not a good father and husband, but he was a failure by not becoming successful, not achieving the American Dream. Willy is not a good father for many reasons. He made his occupation his number one priority. For years, he traveled for his work many times that he never had the opportunity to truly get to know his own sons.
Things Fall Apart and The Joys of Motherhood are two telling stories that demonstrate the differing relationships parents and their children can have. One story, shows a father whose children can never meet up to his standards, although the children unsuccessfully strive for his praise. The other story displays a mother whose unappreciative children do not try to seek their mother’s approval, even though she strives to please them in the best way she knows how. Okonkwo is the type of man that has had to work for everything that he has attained in life. His father left him... ... middle of paper ... ... children.
Mr. Lee unlike most children had no pent up anger or even hated his dad for leaving him. After Robert E Lee’s dad left he never saw him again. His father died when Mr. Lee was only 18 years old. Instead of Robert E Lee slaking about never having a real father he turn around and became his own role model, or ‘ the old man’ (Thomas 95). For most kids when both parents aren't in the picture, it can tend to cause the children to act out.