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Death of a Salesman - Happy Lowman - Harold Loman (Miller 79), or Happy as one may know him, never truly saw the epiphany of the ‘American Dream.’ He was just “blown full of hot air,” he never knew what was reality and what wasn’t (105). From the day that Happy was born, to the day his father died, and most likely till the day he would die, he never once saw the truth behind his ‘phony’ of a father. Happy, not only being portrayed as a static character, but also somewhat of a stock character, would end up just like his father, dying the “Death of a Salesman” (111) As a young lad Happy was the younger of the sons, just like his father....   [tags: essays research papers] 590 words
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Critical Examination Of The Death Of A Salesman - "Death of A Salesman" is really about how reality and illusion interplay in each and everyone's personality in the context of achieving success in life. All people dream and most consider a dream as a typical example of an illusion—merely a construct of the imagination that extends past and present experiences of one's life into a realm that is not bound by logic. Reality, on the other hand, is what one directly perceives through the basic senses of perception. The world we live in today demands tangible outputs from each of us that result from skill and perseverance....   [tags: Arthur Miller] 952 words
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The American Dream in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller and Fences by August Wilson - The American Dream is a common theme in literature. The American Dream as defined by Webster is: an American social ideal that stresses egalitarianism and especially material prosperity. Egalitarianism is defined in two ways: 1: a belief in human equality especially with respect to social, political, and economic rights and privileges and 2: a social philosophy advocating the removal of inequalities among people. To most, this sounds like the perfect society, however what happens when the obsession takes away the truly important things in a person's life....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 1309 words
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Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller - Dangerous Ground of Illusion Relations between fathers and the younger generation have been and continue to be an important theme for various literary genres (King Lear, Shakespeare; Fathers and Sons, Turgenev). For many famous writers the significance of fathers’ influence on their children forms a subject of particular interest. . In the play, Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller shows in a very striking manner that the father's influence can be either positive or fatal. The dispiriting story of the three generations of the Lomans family contrasts with the happy account of the life of their neighbors, Charley and his son Bernard....   [tags: essays research papers] 1129 words
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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller In every family unit or household there are roles that each members have to play. These are there so that each person knows what is expected of them and what to expect from other people. They can be basic roles such as the housework, for example one of a housewife's roles would be to keep the house clean. Or they can be less obvious, for example always being available to offer emotional support and being a friendly shoulder to cry on. These varied roles within a group of people can be recognised and discussed by the members, overt, or it can be that the members themselves don't even realise they exist or that any of these...   [tags: Papers] 1119 words
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Death Of A Salesman- Overview - Death of a Salesman Crazy Willy Willy Loman is one of the most tragic heroes in American drama today. He has a problem differentiating reality from fantasy. No one has a perfect life. Everyone has conflicts that they must face sooner or later. The ways in which people deal with these personal conflicts can differ as much as the people themselves. Some insist on ignoring the problem as long as possible, while some attack the problem to get it out of the way. In the case of Willy in Arthur Miller&#8217;s, Death of a Salesman, the way he deals with his life as a general failure leads to very severe consequences....   [tags: essays research papers] 1311 words
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Willy's Tragic Flaw and the Effect it Has Upon his Sons in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - Willy's Tragic Flaw and the Effect it Has Upon his Sons in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller Willy's Tragic Flaw and the Effect it Has Upon his Sons Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller concerns itself with the fall of a simple man perpetually in a steadfast state regarding his own failure in a success-driven society. The protagonist of the play, Willy Loman, will follow a tragic trajectory that will eventually lead to his suicide. Arthur Miller's tragic play is an accurate portrayal of the typical American myth that sustains an extreme craving for success and a belief in the illusion of the American dream, a dream attainable only by a handful of people....   [tags: Papers] 1496 words
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The American Dream in Death of a Salesman and The Great Gatsby - Since Columbus made land, people have been searching for the “American Dream”. Many people have their own idea and ideas that have changed over a period of time, but what exactly is the “American Dream” defined as .Origins of the dream have been rooted in the pioneering mentality of the eighteenth and nineteenth century immigrants, most who came to America because of a promise for a new and better life. The American Dream was sought through hard work and determination. After the time of the World Wars, society changed and so did the view of the “American Dream”, it changed from a potential reality into being a dream....   [tags: The Great Gatsby] 1253 words
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Respect in a Scene from Death of a Salesman - In every book there is a scene, one specific scene that the whole entire story can relate to. In The Death of a Salesman, Willy talks about a salesman, Dave Singleman who was well known and respected. Dave was a true salesman and Willy wanted that not only for himself but also for his son, Biff. Therefore he tried whatever he could to try and lead a life based on Dave. This scene portrays the respect that one person could have and the reflection and inheritance from one person to another. Willy Loman is an aged salesman who has found a fork in the road....   [tags: essays research papers] 872 words
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Willy's Destruction - In willy's race to gain a rightful position in society, he displays the tragic flaw of pride. Throughout the novel, Willy is seen struggling to maintain his dignity , especially when he refuses the job offered to him by Charley. Even though, he really needs the job, he says "I can't work for you". Charley responds by saying" You been jealous of me all your life"(76).It is obvious that charley realizes willy's excessive pride in not wanting to work for him. Willy's lifelong dream has always been to live the life of a successful salesman .In willy's perception of reality he feels that he is of a higher social standing that what he really is....   [tags: Character Analysis]
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Death of a Salesman, an Exploration of Major Themes - Death of a Salesman deals with many timeless issues. Though these issues are portrayed through the story of Willy Loman in the nineteen forties or fifties, their presence in today's world is still very prominent. The relationships in Death of a Salesman are riddled with jealousy, hope, love, dreams, hate, disappointment, and many other very human emotions. The most opposite, but seemingly the strongest relationship in the play seems to be that between Willy and his wife Linda. His wife seems to accept him for who he is despite all his flaws....   [tags: Free Essays] 390 words
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Comparing Death of A Salesman and The Zoo Story - Death of A Salesman and The Zoo Story Arthur Miller's Death of A Salesman , is considered a to be one of the great masterpieces of American Literature. Comparatively, Edward Albee's, The Zoo Story, is also an incredible work of art. Miller and Albee both depict a the struggles of man in relationships. Interestingly, both plays seem to parallel each other throughout both works of literature. The Death of a Salesman tells a story of a distressed father, named Willy who struggles with his tenous relationship with his son, Biff....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 696 words
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The Constant Fighting of Reality in Death of a Salesman - The Constant Fighting of Reality in Death of a Salesman The real crisis in this tragedy lies in the constant fighting of reality. The number of lies that build up on the Loman family’s shoulders, shoots pain into the heart of the reader. You keep thinking, “Quit dodging the truth Willy…Don’t get your hopes up, it’ll never work…Why are you guys avoiding all Willy’s signs that he wants to commit suicide…Why am I getting my hopes up for a plan that I know will never work for them?” One delusional dream after the other, where does it stop....   [tags: Papers] 727 words
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Comparison of Oedipus the King and Death of a Salesman - The elements of a play are setting, irony, plot, characters, and theme, which will be discussed in the essay. Oedipus the King opens in a Greek amphitheatre depicting the front of a Theban palace. Throughout the play, the setting remains constant. This changes to a more fast-paced play with different settings in different places in Death of a Salesman. Dramatic irony in Oedipus the King is evident throughout, which is similar to the latter play, but in a different form. In here, the irony is evident....   [tags: compare contrast] 1016 words
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Comparing The Glass Menagerie and Death of a Salesman - Both Death of a Salesman, and The Glass Menagerie have many things in common. They are both great plays, and both concern dysfunctional families. But there is a deeper similarity to these great literary works. The similarity between the parents. Due to Willy Loman and Amanda Wingfield's lack of coping skills, as well as their inability to let go or accept their past, their children are ill-equipped to deal with the future. Willy and Amanda are parents who love their children very much. They can't accept the mistakes they've made in the past....   [tags: Compare Contrast Comparison Essays] 1426 words
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Literary Analysis: Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” – A Tragedy? - What is man’s focus in life. What is man’s purpose in life. Is it materialism and/or the prospect of how others may view him. Should man put their trust in God’s Word the Bible or leave it up to himself. In “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller, but is it correct to define this theatric drama as a tragedy. According to Klaas Tindemans, “Aristotle’s concept of tragedy has been perceived as both a descriptive and a normative concept: a description of a practice as it should be continued” therefore, Aristotle’s definition of tragedy could be considered complex....   [tags: Literary Review]
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Intertwined Works Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller and American Beauty by Sam Mendez - Written in 1949 the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller takes the reader to the post war era in America. Here, Miller tells the story of the Lomans. Willy Loman is a sixty-year old traveling salesman. He has worked for thirty-five years to get his salary cut and put on commission, but he chooses to keep his low wage job, even though his neighbor Charley offered him a salary job. Willy suffers from self-inflicted hallucinations about his eldest son Biff Loman and his elder brother Ben, which ultimately leads to his death....   [tags: money, dream, protagonists]
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Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman Serves as a Critique of Capitalism - An energetic generation that lost all their dreams and didn’t have anything except despair in their senescence, a generation which wanted to change the world but not only they couldn’t change the world but also they couldn’t change themselves. (Death of a Salesman: Text and Criticism by Gerald Weales) Arthur Miller’s play in brief is about a 63 years old salesman named Willy Loman whose job and life faced stagnation and everyday it becomes much more difficult for him to provide the necessities of life....   [tags: literary analysis, government, research paper] 2775 words
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A Comparison of Tennessee Williams´ The Glass Menagerie and Arthur Miller´s Death of a Salesman - ... The action does not take place in a weird location; just the opposite, in both plays, the setting is accepted as similar to their own everyday environments. Both settings are up-to-date, reflecting the time period in which they were written. In each play, the setting for the characters’ homes symbolizes the imprisoned, powerless nature of its residents. Overwhelming features surrounds both homes: in The Glass Menagerie, frightening tenements and dark alleys; in Death of a Salesman, tall apartment buildings that block out the light....   [tags: settings, symbolism, characterization] 1150 words
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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Thornton Wilder's Our Town - Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and Thornton Wilder’s Our Town both explore the fulfillment of life. Emily and Willy Loman are prevented from truly appreciating their lives because they have the wrong priorities and fail to appreciate what they already have. Willy focuses solely on achieving his dreams of success as a salesman and helping Biff become a great man, resulting in him ignoring his family, declining status in society, and reality, leading to his demise. He never realizes what he has lost by chasing after inconceivable dreams; however, Wilder’s Emily reflects on her life after she dies and begins to understand that her lack of appreciation for the little moment...   [tags: story analysis and comparison] 775 words
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Important Writing Elements Used in Arthur Miller's Play, Death of a Salesman - In the play Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller uses an old style of reality that deals with emotional and financial struggles. These struggles are viewed throughout the whole play. The play was written around the 1940s, which was around the time of the Great Depression. This was a very difficult time in which a lot of people struggled just like the Loman family did in the play. Arthur Miller uses several elements in the play which are: stream-of-consciousness, setting, protagonist, symbolism and climax....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 708 words
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Happy Loman - In the literary masterpiece of "Death of a Salesman", the emphasis of the story goes to Willy's shortcomings, and Biff's lost potential; however the real victim in this modern-day tragedy goes to the hapless Hap. When looking at Hap's sad life, he was crudely ignored, and was shown the wrong path to his personal success and happiness. Also when looking closer into the text, there is an unbelievably exact parallel between Willy and Happy. Happy is a lonely, sad, womanizing man who lies, cheats, and steals to get to the next level in his work....   [tags: American Literature] 624 words
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Death of Trust - In the classic American drama “Death of a Salesman,” Arthur Miller spins a profound and complex narrative around a deluded and shallow shell of a man. In a story overflowing with intimations about the nature and morality of man and the ramifications of mistruths and fantasy, there is one message easily held as predominant: that of Willy Loman’s futile pursuit of the American dream and the reality of its death within him—and the unfortunate sector of humanity that he embodies. This interpretation is so dominant and alluring, in fact, that it neatly obscures a more subtle message seeded patiently by Miller throughout the narrative....   [tags: Classic American Literature]
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The Friend: A Look at Bernard from Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, there are many characters that act in both the past and present through the musings of Willy Loman, one of the main characters in the play. Because of this, the audience gains different perspectives on every character. This also illustrates brilliantly how all the characters influence each other’s stories. One of such characters emerges in the part of Bernard. Though this is a notably minor role, Bernard has, or potentially has, an important influence on Willy’s son Biff....   [tags: perspective, characters, past, role]
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The Enduring Allure of Tragedy - ... While neither man is truly blameless in his troubles, it is difficult to suppress empathy for those who are ruined by ignorance. Neither man could know that he did not know. Likewise, both men are confronted with truths over the course of the story which they failed to internalize. Both are suspicious that something is off, as is evinced by Oedipus asking his parents if he is their child (Sophocles 1226), and Willy first asking Ben, and then the grown Bernard for the secret of how they “did it” (Miller 1802, 1806)....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Oedipus Rex]
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The Importance of Dreams in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - The Importance of Dreams in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller There is a wide range of dreams throughout the play. Every Character is living a dream and these dreams are what affect and change how the play flows. The main dream is the great capitalist American Dream, The dreams dramatically affect relationships, jobs and even threatens lives, and these dreams are usually unachievable so are never going to be reached. This however doesn't ever stop the Loman's from dreaming and eventually at the end of the play it gets the better of them....   [tags: Papers] 699 words
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Death of a Salesman Structure Metaphoric Language and Theme - Death of a Salesman Structure Metaphoric Language and Theme In looking at the characteristics of the tragic hero, it can be see that Willy Loman is not a tragic hero but a victim of a false idealistic pursuit of the “American Dream”. Willy strives to become and instill in his sons the success of the self made man that American society often advertises but ultimately falls short, and instead, escapes accepting his failure through lies and death. What many flaws Willy possesses, most do not correlate with the classic tragic hero....   [tags: essays papers] 1550 words
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Julius Caesar, Death of a Salesman, and Oedipus Rex - Julius Caesar, Death of a Salesman, and Oedipus Rex Meet the Criteria of a Tragedy       To be considered a classic tragedy, a story should follow the principles presented by Aristotle in his work, Poetics. A tragedy, in Aristotle's view, concerns the destruction of a person of high social status and strong character. The tragic fall of the individual is brought about by a tragic flaw.  Arthur Miller expanded upon the classical definition of a tragedy to include not only those of high social status but also the common man.  Using the criteria established by Aristotle and Miller, the plays Julius Caesar, Death of a Salesman, and Oedipus Rex may be considered as tragedies....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Illusion of the American Dream in Death of a Salesman and The Glass Menagerie - The American Dream is what all Americans strive to achieve. It is the illusion of prosperity and happiness. The American Dream consists of three different elements, money, sex, and power. The plays “Death of a Salesman” and “The Glass Menagerie” are about families who strive to achieve the American Dream. These plays are a lot alike and they have more similarities than differences. In America, money can get you many places in society. In both plays, money plays an essential element. In “The Glass Menagerie,” Amanda is always concerned about Laura getting a job or marrying someone whom can support her....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream] 746 words
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Comparing Light and Growth in A Raisin in the Sun and Death of a Salesman - Light and Growth in A Raisin in the Sun and Death of a Salesman.        In A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, both authors use motifs of light and growth within their settings to convey messages about the intrinsic values and potentiality of their characters. A Raisin in the Sun begins with a faint little light, filtering through the kitchen window. It's not much of a light, but it is successfully kindled by Lena Younger to keep her little plant alive and to help sow the seed of human dignity in her children....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman versus The Prince When - An Analysis of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and The Price When people accept an ideal to live by it can be a glorious and noble thing unless they become so obsessed wi the the ideal that it becomes a yolk and they are unable to realize their dream.. This is especially true for two characters in Arthur Miller's plays Death of a Salesman and The Price. In these two plays Miller portays two lower-middle class men , Willie Loman and Victor Franz, respectivelly, who each live by an ideal that ultimately is self-defeating....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 982 words
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Comparing Truth in Death Of A Salesman and The Glass Menagerie - Seeking Truth in Death Of A Salesman and The Glass Menagerie        Often society seeks to thwart the desire of certain people to find and/or face the truth. Examples of this are found throughut literature. Two excellent example of this are Biff Loman from 'The Death Of A Salesman' and Tom Wingfield from 'The Glass Menagerie'. At some point, they both have to face and understand the truth about their lives. Biff is faced with the lies and  morals of society obsessed with the corrupt version of American Dream, especially his father, and his inability to pursue his own goals and dreams....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Comparing the Wife's Role in A Doll's House and Death of a Salesman - The Wife's Role in A Doll's House and Death of a Salesman         "A Doll's House" (1879) and "Death of a Salesman" (1949) are plays written by Henric Ibsen and Henry Miller respectively. And, although they were published in different centuries, and "A Doll's House" was written seventy years before than "Death of a Salesman" Nora's portrayal of the wife's role is much more modern, liberal and less chauvinist than Linda's. Nora and Linda's main differences are reflected in their way of acting towards their husbands, their children and them selves; how they each see life....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]
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Living or Dying with the American Dream - ... Again the children were asked how happy they were on a scale of one to ten. Surprisingly their happiness level had dropped. It was now a four. They were now materially “richer”, but they reported being less happy than before. This shows that wealth does not make us happy. So why do we, like Willy still think it will. (Professor Richard Layard on Happiness) (Carroll, 2012). One of the reasons the children in the study were less happy is because they compared their “gifts” to their peers “gifts” and they felt like they got the “short end of the stick”....   [tags: Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman analysis]
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Oedipus Rex, Hamlet, & Willy Loman Comparison - “Still, the Truth Remains” An immense desire for personal satisfaction, and extraordinary reputation can often result in a sickly, perverse distortion of reality. In Sophocles’ Oedipus Rex, a man well known for his intellect and wisdom, finds himself blind to the truth of his life, and his parentage. William Shakespeare’s Hamlet also contains a character that is in search of the truth, which ultimately leads to his own demise, as well as the demise of many around him. Arthur Miller’s play, The Death of a Salesman, tells of a tragic character so wrapped up in his delusional world, that reality and illusion fuse, causing an internal explosion that leads to his downfall....   [tags: Sophocles William Shakespeare Arthur Miller]
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Man vs. Himself: Betrayal and Abandonment Shown in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman tells the story of a man trying and failing to obtain success for him and his family. Willy Loman, a traveling salesman, has been trying to ‘make it big’ for the majority of his life. Miller’s play explores the themes of abandonment and betrayal and their effects on life’s success. Willy sees himself as being abandoned by his older brother, Ben, and constantly views his sibling’s betrayal as one that changed his prospects forever. Willy, in turn, is guilty of a different type of abandonment and betrayal of his sons, especially Biff....   [tags: Literary Analysis]
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Reality Vs. Illusion - Reality vs. Illusion In 1938 Arthur Miller began to write plays after he graduated from college. All My Sons was his first successful play that gave him recognition from critics and audiences. He then won a Pulitzer Prize in 1949 for Death of a Salesman and became a very successful playwright of the 1940s and 1950s. His plays are unique in the way his characters use ordinary dialogue and deal with ordinary family problems. Death of a Salesman is a play about the significance and value of the American dream of success....   [tags: Arthur Miller Death Salesman Character Analysis] 1598 words
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Unethical Dreams in Arthur Miller’s "Death of a Salesman" and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s "The Great Gasby" - Living the American dream was a goal that most families were attempting to reach. Living the dream included simple things such as being true to your spouse, raising your family with love and earning an honest living. At points, this goal may have seemed out of reach and this is where the lies came in. The blatant disregard for honesty, eventually leading to destruction, can be seen in both literary works, Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gasby. Both novels touch upon similar themes regarding the instability and ignorance of the two main characters, Willy Loman and Jay Gatsby....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream] 1931 words
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Dreams and Failures in Arthur Miller´s Death of a Salesman and Thornton Wilder´s Our Town - Strive not to be of success, but rather to be of value. Albert Einstein Truly appreciate life, and you’ll find that you have more of it. Ralph Marston Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and Thornton Wilder’s Our Town both explore the fulfillment of life. Emily and Willy Loman fail to take advantage of their lives because they have the wrong priorities and do not take the time appreciate what they already have. Willy focuses solely on achieving his dreams of success as a salesman and helping Biff become a great man, resulting in him ignoring his family, declining status in society, and reality, leading to his demise....   [tags: priorities, dreams, appreciatio, ruin] 2330 words
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How the Male Characters in ‘Death of a Salesman’ and ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ Conform to their Society’s Concept of Masculinity - Eugene August describes Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’ as a profoundly male tragedy, one in which its protagonist is destroyed by a debilitating concept of masculinity . Masculinity is of course an ambiguous term and araises a gamut of views. Willy Loman, a failed salesman, embodies the deluded values and aspirations that could be said to originate from the American Dream, which infiltrates every aspect of his life. Whilst Willy is influenced by material and consumerist success, reflecting the play’s setting in the increasingly urbanized, cosmopolitan New York, Stanley Kowalski in ‘A Streetcar Named Desire’ defends imperilled masculinity in his less socially progressive community of Elysian...   [tags: male tragedy, masculinity, domestic violence] 1211 words
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Hank and Willy and Dave: A Character Comparison - Hank Morgan, Willy Loman, and Henry David Thoreau, are all characterized versions of a capitalistic social order whose only difining characteristic is a debate over balanced mathmatical equations and how they relate to morality. That is, the characters and the context they are set in, embody common American ideals, and are tied together in terms of underlying themes and morality. For example, if Hank Morgan is "practical", "barren of sentiment", and able to "make anything a body wanted", then he is generally thought of as the typical self-reliant American dreamer who is proud of his self-sufficiency....   [tags: Comparative Literature] 1006 words
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Comparing the American Dream in Miller's Death of a Salesman and Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun - Comparing the Destructive American Dream in Miller's Death of a Salesman and Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun America is a land of dreamers. From the time of the Spanish conquistadors coming in search of gold and everlasting youth, there has been a mystique about the land to which Amerigo Vespucci gave his name. To the Puritans who settled its northeast, it was to be the site of their “city upon a hill” (Winthrop 2). They gave their home the name New England, to signify their hope for a new beginning....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Tragic Heroes Bring Suffering Upon Themselves: Death of a Salesman - Northrop Frye states in his book Anatomy of Criticism that the tragic hero is “on top of the wheel of fortune, halfway between human society on the ground and the something greater in the sky”. The book also declares that tragic heroes are “inevitable conductors of the power around them”, and conductors may be victims as well as instruments of destruction (website). Willy Loman, the epitome of a tragic hero, brings suffering upon not only himself, but others, including his wife and sons. Willy establishes Northrop Frye's definition of a tragic hero through the suffering of both himself and his friends and family, and this suffering contributes to the great tragic vision of the play as a whol...   [tags: Arthur Miller, Tragedy, Literary Analysis] 518 words
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Comparing Reality and Illusion in Glass Menagerie, Death of a Salesman, and A Raisin in the Sun - Reality vs. Illusion in The Glass Menagerie, The Death of a Salesman, and A Raisin in the Sun       All three stories are centered on lower income families in urban settings. Each story has one main dreamer with other characters being in various states of reality. Amanda Wingfield, Willy Loman, and Walter Lee Younger are all living on pipe dreams. Amanda dreams of her days on the front porch surrounded by her gentleman callers. Willy is the all time king of pipe dreams bouncing from past to future with imagining how everything would have been different if he had gone to Alaska (or Africa) with his brother Ben or will be different when Howard makes him showroom salesman at the home...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays] 562 words
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The American Dream in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman - Centuries ago, Americans were fighting for their freedom from Britain. Then, the American dream was to have freedom. To American then, being free and having their own individual country was enough. Up until a few decades ago, African Americans were fighting to have equal rights. They thought this was all they needed and they would be truly happy. Somewhere over the course of time; happiness had a new meaning for all Americans. Now material possessions are what it takes to be happy. The American dream is to be rich....   [tags: Comparison Compare Contrast Essays]
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Self-delusion In Death Of A Sa - In Arthur Miller&#8217;s drama &#8220;Death of a Salesman'; the protagonist is a character by the name of Willy Loman. Willy suffers from self-delusion and is obsessed with a desire to succeed. Willy&#8217;s family is strongly influenced by his actions, which contributes to their own self-delusions. Willy has an extremely large ego and fabricates most if not all of his success. He brags about how much money he makes inflating his sales commissions to his wife Linda. Willy is too proud to accept a job from Charley yet he seems to have no problem accepted money from him to make ends meet....   [tags: essays research papers] 624 words
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