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.
Happy tries to diffuse the situation stating that he has thought of a company for him and Biff to own and become successes. Willy becomes overjoyed and tells Biff that the next day Biff should go to his old high ... ... middle of paper ... ...ashlight, talking to Ben. He brings Willy inside and Willy begins to yell at him for being a failure. Biff begins to cry and confronts his father on the truth. Biff explains that he is a criminal and that Happy is a phony, for he is not an assistant buyer but rather an assistant to the assistant buyer.
To say that her new T.V. is more important or worth more than the child would be correct. But the fact that we are so easily interested in making more money, we seem to let our morals just slip away. In Bob’s case he has a chance to save a kids life and chooses not to in fear of losing his classic vintage car, along with the savings which he has not been able to insure. So in reality he would lose everything he owns, in which case he does not want to lose.
Willy Loman chose the career of being a traveling salesman, and has reached a point in his life, that of his age, that doesn't allow him to compete successfully any longer. Facing the termination of his job, he tries to examine his past in order to determine his life's value. His oldest son Biff disappoints Willie when he returns home for a visit and he rejects Willie's values and aspirations. Willy, although he doesn't realize it, has already achieved the historical American Dream; that of buying his own house, having a stable job that allows him to pay the bills and live a decent life. However, this isn't adequate enough for him.
And, homophobic,” Louis said almost offended. “Should be shamed of yer'self,” he said turning to Nathan. “And you too.” Nathan just shrugged his shoulders as to exempt himself from saying anything, but the Cajun explained. “For encouraging him, you know he simple.” Still laughing Bo scooped his angry brother up off his feet and held him as if he was a baby. “Who likes the penis in his mouth?
I am too much i’ the sun” (I.ii.67). This quote shows sarcasm in two different occasions, the first being anger. The Prince was astonished with his uncle’s indifference towards the death of the Prince’s father. Hamlet’s quote also stands as a pun that spins off of the marriage between his uncle and mother. The use of sun also stands for son in Hamlet’s pun.
As someone who is on the other side of success, Willy has an overwhelming sense of hopelessness. He has lost most of the business contacts he enjoyed when he was younger, and has not been successful in updating his selling methods for the generation he is now interacting with. His relationship with everyone centers on fantasies and exaggerated truths, and is an attempt to show to others that he is successful, but most see through this and it ultimately results in his alienation from society. The American Dream for Willy is elusive even though he worked hard and followed its success formula. Hi... ... middle of paper ... ...ed; however, Linda, his wife, wonders during his funeral where all of his friends are.
Furthermore, what lies at the heart of the American Dream is the desire to achieve wealth and power based on one's looks and appearance rather than the value and quality of their work. The American Dream is supposedly what everyone wants to end up with; a family, a house, a car and a well paying job. The problem is that not everyone wants these things. People all over the world desire to immigrate to America because they have heard of this "American Dream" and they want to be a part of a country that makes it seem so easy to make a fortune. The problem with this dream is the theory at the basis of it; the fact that success is not assured, but if people work for their dreams they will eventually achieve them.
Oya no Takesuke considered Toyo-o nothing but a hindrance, and would have given his horrible son to another family, had he not been so ashamed of what the family might think of him because of his son. Oya no Takesuke also believes he is “shiftless and irresponsible” even irresponsible with money. So, like all good fathers, Oya no Takesuke allows him to be whatever he pleases, as long as it only burdens Taro. Toyo-o is many times referred to as youthful and good-looking. It is his good looks that catch the eye of the beautiful Manago, who is actually a demon with otherworldly powers, and his effeminate quality, and lack of discipline is what makes him weak to Manago's charm.
Willy believed good looks, material goods, and likeability would guarantee his sons this dream. Willy's perspective will eventually lead to his fall as the protagonist of the story. Willy also lies about many things throughout the story to make his image look better than he really is, "Linda asks how much Willy has sold and although he initially lies about the amount, Linda patiently waits for the truth, which is that he has barely made enough to pay the bills." (Arthur Miller) Willy's American dream is to be known to everyone and financially successful. Willy doesn't believe in hard work and honesty to achieve the highest respect but instead focuses on personal appearance and social judgement.