Macbeth VS Death of a Salesman

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In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and Shakespeare’s Macbeth both protagonists are pushed to their destruction by, as it seems, their wives. Both Willy Loman's and Macbeth’s relationships play very large parts in both plays. Love is blind and one partner is always blinded and naïve, therefore leading to one’s demise. Throughout both plays we see the change in the relationships because of events that occur, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth especially endure drastic changes in their relationship throughout the play, going from loving, to being manipulated into a selfish relationship that revolves around power and success. Linda does not really attempt to save her husband, although she knows very well what is wrong with him and that he will kill himself if she does not do something. Ambition is another crucial part of these plays, essentially killing Macbeth, Lady Macbeth and Willy. Linda on the other hand does not give in to the pressures of society like the rest of the characters have. Each character plays a part in the death of their spouse, negligence, selfishness and ambition aided in the downfalls of both men.
Linda and Lady Macbeth both play massive roles in the demise of their husbands. In Macbeth we see how drastically Lady Macbeth changes him, whether Lady Macbeth believes it is for the best she is mistaken. Linda Loman also plays a part in Willy’s downfall because she in very much aware of his suicide attempts and does not attend to his serious needs. "I don't say he's a great man. Willy Loman never made a lot of money. His name was never in the paper. He's not the finest character that ever lived. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. He's not to be allowed to fall into ...

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...nda, are striving for an unattainable dream, Macbeth and Lady Macbeth the throne, and Willy Loman to be a successful salesman. It is interesting that the characters that let their ambition get the best of them are the ones that meet their doom, unlike Linda who has not let the “American Dream” get the best of her, but she has let her love for Willy get the best of her.
Death of a Salesman and Macbeth are plays of tragic hero`s and their downfalls, and both wives happen to be at fault. Lady Macbeth knowingly changed Macbeth for the worse, Linda on the other hand is naïve and accidentally played a part in her husband`s demise. Lady Macbeth and Macbeths relationship endures harsh changes throughout the play, they begin loving and honourable and end up reckless and careless. Lady Macbeth essentially killed both herself and Macbeth because of her heinous manipulations.
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