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Literary devices and conventions are a way to express to a reader more meaning that what is literally written in words on the page. A language arts teacher conducted a study exploring literary devices and their power. These concepts proved the most powerful way in which to, “…give and receive info, offering [readers] multiple ways to make sense of a story (Dallacqua, 2012). These three works have a very complex theme involving multiple variations of different types of people feeling trapped and repressed. Each live in a different time, place, gender role, etc. but each respond to an inappropriate fixation in the wrong way. The thesis is proven as literary conventions and devices of foreshadowing, characterization, and theme provide further insight to the reader.

The use of characterization of Willy, Nora, and John’s wife, tie the works together. First we are introduced to people who seem to be normal. Willy is introduced as a salesman and family man, Nora a beautiful wife and doting mother, and John’s wife a submissive and proper doctor’s wife. As the characters are detailed we learn that they all are fixated on the wrong things. The trapped individuals’ obsessions with these fixations cause each to crumble internally, losing what they once knew to be true of his or her life. As the writers follow the thought processes of each character, the reader can identify a sharp contrast in the development of all three. Nora’s fixation on Torvald’s possible revelation of what she’s done causes her to find herself, and realize that he doesn’t love her the way she does him. This allows Nora to make a positive change in her life. This is as opposed to Willy’s thought process leading to misguided suicide, and John’...

... middle of paper ... it is her own self she works to free. Her only escape from her controlling husband is to go inside her mind where she cannot be controlled.

Willy Loman is not a controlled by society or a spouse, but by his own unobtainable expectations. He is entrapped in a life that he cannot escape, a prison of his own creation. Willy chases the American dream for his family. He cannot accept any failures in life. He focuses on the approval of society, not looking inside his home where his family loves him. Willy loses touch with reality when he loses is his job. He sees death as a release from his failures, as well as the financial solution for his family. Sadly, his death brings his family the peace never possible while Willy was living. Willy could not see the love surrounding him. His worth was tied into his profession, which led to his eventual death.
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