You crowded him out. A man that had saved you! No, you had got greedy, Silas. You had made your paint your god, and you couldn’t bear to let anybody else share in its blessings”’ (47). Silas is not content with his power in his business, so he forces his partner, Mr. Rogers, to buy out and leave the business.
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”.
Willy incorrectly thinks that “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it — because personality always wins the day”, which is absolutely not true and causes him to be a poor role model for his children (Miller 65). It also leads his Howard firing him, which is nicely described as the “The underlying struggle is that of the individual attempting to gain his ‘rightful’ position in his society” (Miller 144). The fact that Willy is not able to adapt with society and a... ... middle of paper ... ...rs in terms of the American Dream because he committed suicide, he mostly embodies the elements that make him a tragic hero. Miller is about to show that through specific characteristic and thematic elements that Willy is indeed a tragic hero whose demise was an product of the misconceptions of his salesman’s dream. Due to Willy’s delusional dream, he is unable accept the reality he lives in causing him to live in the past.
He is the reason for the failure of Biff's life because of his stubbornness. He would not just admit that he didn't know success and decided to lie and act as though he did and for that, Biff was met with defeat in life. Arthur Miller in the story The death of a salesman demonstrates the destruction that secrets and lies can cause and the harm it can do. Deception is the worst thing to do to someone because it can cause the destruction of their lives. Willy Loman ruins the life of his son Biff by feeding him false stories and keeping the truth from him.
Willy Loman’s tragic flaw would be his excessive and unwarranted pride. This is because his pride causes him to live his life in a world of delusion, ultimately resulting in his very death. Willy’s pride first leads him into misunderstanding and mistreating his family, consequently resulting in family feuds and resentment. It then leads him into building his life out of false hopes, consequently resulting in his absolute failure in the business world. Finally, it results in him living an incredibly narcissistic and delusional life; to a point where he believes that he can attain fame and success through suicide.
He thought that the more money he said he had the more successful he... ... middle of paper ... ...ole life searching for a man that he thought was sinful. When Javier finally caught this man, he realized that this man did a 180 with his life, and was a better person, so Javier committed suicide because he wasted his whole life searching for this man. Willy is like Javier. Willy spent his whole life thinking that he was a successful man and that his life was perfect then Biff made him realize he was a failure, so he took his own life. In the end all “[Willy] want[ed was] success, but the meaning of that need extends beyond the accumulation of wealth, security, goods, and status”(Jacobson 1).
Hank confesses "I did one bad thing...and it led to a worse thing." Showing that once your ambitions and greed start to control you, there is no going back. Hank ultimately returns to his dead end job losing not only his brother in the process but also himself. In conclusion, although Macbeth strived for power and Hank lusted after wealth, they both understood the consequences of their over ambition and greed in the end. It goes to show that you cannot get what you want out of life by taking the easy way out and letting your ambitions and greed affect your morals.
El Patron is a cruel, selfish, heartless man who clawed his way to power in his youth and rules people with fear, though he is powerful, he is always nagged by the fact that he may lose everything. There is no way on earth he would let that happen. El Patron believes he is doing the clones a favor by allowing them to be smart, but in the end he uses them just like all the other clones in the world - for his own personal use. Esperanza, a fierce No Drug activist, once wrote that a more evil, vicious, and self-serving man (than El Patron) could hardly be imagined (Farmer 170). Though the practice of murdering clones is widely accepted in the book, it is morally wrong, and most people would at least have second thoughts about killing someone.
Wigand was heading down the worst hole of his life. After making so many strides to end this chapter of his life, he was pulled back further from where he started and his only hope was in Lowell Bergman. Bergman had to make miracles to save his integrity of his word to Wigand. Bergman was on the edge pushed back from airing his masterpiece against the tobacco industry by the greed of the corporate CBS and their want to maintain status while making a few bucks in the process. Bergman is outraged by the not only the corporation selling out on one of the biggest stories of the century, but for doing the one thing that he said he would not do--”burn people”.
Lauren Stoffel Death of a Salesman Question 2: I have mixed opinions on whether Willy Loman is a tragic figure or a pathetic figure. When talking strictly business, I believe that Willy Loman is a tragic figure because he was good at his job and made connections, but then lost his connections when his boss died and his son took over the business. It is unfair that a person can spend so much of their life building up their career to just have it all be for nothing if all the people you spent time pleasing end up dying. When looking at the moral or Karma side of the story, I believe that Willy Loman is a pathetic figure. I don’t think he deserved much after the way he treated his family.