Willy wants Biff to be the successful man that he never was and feels that Biff will not achieve success in the occupation he has taken. Furthermore, Willy was unable to admit his faults. His pride was so great that he even lied to his own family, borrowing money weekly from his neighbor, Charley, and then saying it was his salary. He tried to justify his affair with a strange woman when caught by Biff. He...
Okonkwo achieved his goal and had become a man who was completely opposite of his father. Unfortunately, desires grow into passions and passions become obsessions. "And so Okonkwo was ruled by one passionto hate everything that his father Unoka had loved. One of those things was gentleness and another was idleness" (2940). The manliness and power of Okonkwo's attributes was plainly visible to everyone.
Biff, on the other hand, had it worse because his father sold him lies about his importance in the business industry, which forced Biff to admire Willy and strive to be like him one day. Willy’s consistent stroking of Biff’s ego misled Biff into thinking that he could get away with anything simply because he was “popular” and “well-liked”. However, when Biff accidentally stumbles upon his father’s adultery, his world crashes in on itself as he loses his sense of identity. He quotes, “I realized what a ridiculous lie my whole life has been” (Act II). Willy wasn’t much better with his “friends”.
When Biff realizes that he has been idolizing a failure he is devestated. Biffs life begins to tumble downhill uncontrollably. Biff is so affected by is father’s wrongdoings that is creates never-ending animosity between Willy and Biff. Biff feels that the reason him and his father are always fighting is because “he’s a fake and he doesn’t like anybody around who knows!” (Miller 1221) Happy, Willy’s younger son, is also greatly affected by Willy’s antics. Happy is affected differently than Biff because Happy never realizes that his father is a failure.
From early on in the book, we see how his father affected his way of life. While his father sat idle and never had successful crops, Okonkwo was the exact opposite. Okonkwo became a very strong, wealthy and well respected man in the tribe. Along with the fear of becoming his father, Okonkwo has a problem with displaying his emotions to others. Since Okonkwo believes many emotions are feminine, he tends to act in very brash ways.
Angel Davis World Lit S2 Literary Analysis Essay Okonkwo is a self-made, well-respected member of the Umuofia clan. Even though he is firm and powerful, I believe that he suffers from internal fear. His greatest fear is that he will become like his father – lazy, unable to support his family, and cowardly. Okonkwo thinks that the ways of his father are feminine and he reacts how he does to avoid being anything like his father. This means that he works hard, provides for his family, is brave, and masculine in every way.
In the book “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe, the main character, Okonkwo, centers his life on the concept of honor. Okonkwo’s believes that honor can only be achieved through glory, masculinity, and gaining power over others. Even in his youth, Okonkwo was determined to be one of the most honorable men in the village and to not live the life of his father who was a complete failure. He based his life upon fighting, blood, and money because his father was weak and feared the sight of blood and had many debts. “Whenever the thought of his father’s weakness and failure troubled him he expelled it by thinking about his own strength and success” (Achebe, 66).
Brought up in the most prestigious family of Raveloe, the Cass brothers develop into corrupt and evil men whose actions lead them toward lives of misery. The lower class of Raveloe seems to view the squirearchy as their “betters,” but the unethical Cass brothers never stand a chance of living an honorable life due to their upbringing. The Squire’s position in society may give him the ability to provide bountifully for his family, but he fails in the area of raising his sons. Even Godfrey acknowledges his father’s faults and realizes the negative impact of the Squire’s half-hearted parenting. Interestingly, Godfrey “had always had a sense that his father’s indulgence had not been kindness, and had had a vague longing for some discipline that would have checked his own errant weakness and helped his better will” (Chapter 9).
Franz Kafka’s “The Metamorphosis” portrays Gregor Samza as the bread winner, someone that is depended on to keep the whole family out of poverty. However, Gregor later finds that his hard work was the leading catalyst to his demise. A biography of Kafka’s life exposes his awkward relationship with is father, “Kafka's father had a profound impact on both Kafka's life and writing. He was a tyrant of sorts, with a wicked temper and little appreciation for his son's creative side”(Franz). Gregor Samza and Franz Kafka’s life seem strikingly congruent at times, an uncanny and troublesome relationship with his family, while not completely feeling recognized for his hard work.
Since Kamala dies he is taking care of him. The boy is mean, arrogant, and lazy. He is setting Siddhartha back in his quest. Also Siddhartha’s feelings for his son are making him lose track of what he’s really after. The son hates how Siddhartha is passive and doesn’t berate him.