Willy Loman becomes incredibly involved in work-related matters, instead of the happiness surrounding his family life. He discourages Biff to take his own path, and instead, nearly forces him to become a salesman, in hopes that Biff will be more successful than he turned out to be. Willy tells Biff that his dreams will “cut down (his) life…!” Willy cannot simply hope for Biff and Happy to attain satisfaction in life, which is the element that Willy misses. He is so consumed by the idea of success that he had not once stopped to reflect on being a good father or loving his wife. 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.
Troy’s inability to change with the times will ultimately limit him as a father, worker, and husband. His own delusions of grandeur ultimately alienate him more than any form of oppression. Troy Maxson is a character that clearly represents a theme of the play Fences. A theme that showcases of a man’s struggle to overcome his own demons to prosper in changing time. In the play Fences Troy Maxon struggles and ultimately fails to separate himself from the model of parenting that he himself had to endure.
Society imposes the belief that Tom cannot rightfully leave his family, while the family itself traps him financially and manipulates his guilt into a snare as well. Therefore, when Tom does finally escape, he cannot transcend the guilt that ties him back home. With the fear of being trapped again tormenting his mind, Tom is never able to escape his traps in the first place. Tom’s trappings were dependent on society, his family, his guilt, and also the trappings of his family members, making it almost impossible for him to escape on his own. Considering the trappings of Tom, Amanda, and Laura allows the reader to see characters in their own light, rather than being blinded by Tom’s perspective.
Tom is physically able to flee from his past and reality, but is unable to escape emotionally. Also, even a new life, filled with opportunities and self goals has troubles. Tom says that he does anything to keep busy so he can forget what he left behind. He is still not fully content with his life. Tennessee Williams demonstrates that people tend to seek a way to escape their world of agony, but regret holds them back.
Hoping to find comfort with his siblings, Macon enters into their life of order and isolation from the world. The regular routines he now possesses still can't bring the happiness he so dearly desires. Unable to find happiness in his regular routine, Macon's biggest fear, a change, is ultimately what brings happiness to his life. Macon tries to simplify life so that he can go through it without any changes or adjustments being made. His job reflects his very nature to the tee.
He realizes that his whole life has been a lie and that Willy’s standards for Biff’s achievements in life are simply unreachable. Happy is too caught up in himself throughout the play to realize that his father is in need of an escape from his dysfunctional life. Willy has lived his whole life setting these goals for himself that he simply can’t attain. Happy makes it known at the end of the play that he is planning to follow in his father’s footsteps. This foreshadows the downfall of Happy’s life to come.
Amanda's retreat into illusion is in many ways more pathetic than her children's, because it is not a willful constructive imagination, but instead a wistful distortion of reality. Tom shows ?escape? because of not having a father, In the beginning of the movie, The Merchant Marine Service and the fire escape outside the apartment, haunts Tom. The play takes an unclear attitude toward the moral implications and even the effectiveness of Tom's escape. As an able bodied young man, he is locked into his life not by outside factors but by emotional ones.
Running away may seem like the easiest thing to do, but in the end the problem is still there and it may be unforgettable. As time goes on esc... ... middle of paper ... ...e. As time goes on Tom finds it harder and harder to deal with the responsibilities of taking care of his family and the home. He decides to leave his job and his family for the merchant marines. He believes he will find the adventure he’s always been looking for. Instead of being free like he thought he would be, Tom is trapped by the memories of his sister.
Like all migrant workers during this time period he has a dream, the central theme of the novel, to “live offa the fatta the lan” and have his own place. Unfortunately, this dream is unrealistic, living in an oppressive society which views him as a nonentity and confines him to the ranch and bunkhouse, a symbol Steinbeck utilizes to represent drastic limitation, he knows his dream is in vain. George’s dream is ironically barred by his relationship with Lennie, his burly companion who suffers from mental disabilities, and often wonders what it would be like without Lennie. He would be free of all obligations and able to go out with the guys, drink and spend his money. He often blames Lennie for depriving him from activities such as these.
The adaptive nature of his greed perpetuates Walter into realizing self-growth in regards to who he is as a man without money or pricy accessories. As we can see in the play Walter’s dream is not all materialistic, he only wishes to provide for his family and remove their cares about life. Upon hearing the news that Walter had lost the money the family goes through a period of emotional distraught and hatred towards him. However, Mama says, “There is always something left to love. And if you ain’t learned that, you ain’t learned nothing.