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Comparing the Dream Deferred in Raisin in the Sun and Death of a Salesman

- A Dream Deferred in A Raisin in the Sun and Death of a Salesman Most everyone in America would like to achieve financial success. Sometimes living in a capitalistic society entices many to become too materialistic. Greed is the characteristic that many Americans then attain. This is all in pursuit of the American dream. For most Americans, this high status is very difficult to achieve. In Arthur Miller's, Death of a Salesman, we see how difficult it was for Willy Loman and his sons to achieve this so called American dream, and these people were proud white Americans....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Importance of Self-Image in the Loman Family

- Published in 1949, Arthur Miller’s Death of Salesman is a post Second World War American drama that highlights the plight of isolation and desolation experienced by the common man, as symbolized by Willy. The play deals with the society, life’s absurdity, various internal and external conflicts, death and above all, the tragedy of existence. It is located in the industrial society of the twentieth century where the pressure to succeed and the financial difficulties seem insurmountable. The play depicts America as the land of opportunity as well as a place where the society has acquired a new set of values that threatens to destroy those who cannot abide by new changes....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Arthur Miller]

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A Comparison of the Dream in Death of a Salesman, Ellis Island, and America and I

- The Dream in Death of a Salesman, Ellis Island, and America and I       The American dream is as varied as the people who populate America. The play The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, the poem "Ellis Island" by Joseph Bruchac, and the poem "America and I" by Anzia Yezierska illustrate different perspectives of the American dream. All three authors show some lines of thought on what the freedom inherent in the American dream means. The authors clarify distinct ideas on the means to achieving the American dream....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Willy Lohan: A Poor Role Model to His Two Sons Biff and Happy

- ... He was a star in the game of football but that was not reason enough for his actions to go unpunished. When Willy learnt of his son’s felony, he never punished him. Instead, he regarded it as an initiative by Biff which was due to get appreciated by the his coach. On another occasion, lumber was stolen from a construction site by Biff and his brother Happy. In place of rebuke, they received appreciation from their father for the wrong they did. He was proud of the large amount of lumber they stole....   [tags: upbringing, behavior, parent, chid, interaction]

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Death Of A Salesman by Arthur Miller

- Death Of A Salesman by Arthur Miller Willy's character is one of a common man, he isn't anything special, nor ever was he. He chose to follow the American dream and he chose to lead the life it gave him. Willy made the American dream his culture, and the American dream made Willy its victim. The American dream is the belief that through sheer hard work alone, any man can gain professional success and thus receive personal gain (wealth, brand name goods etc.). Failure to fulfil the American dream, is failure in life....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparing Shakespeare' Julius Caesar, Ibsen's A Doll's House, and Miller's Death of a Salesman

- Tragedy's Problem From Shakespeare' Julius Caesar to Henrik Ibsen's A Dolls House, problem plays have taken form in character, plot, and even setting.  It is not necessary for a problem play to be considered a problem play just because it was not written in the time period of when problem plays were formed.  Arthur Miller disproves this theory and successfully wrote a problem play in the modern time period; his play was Death of a Salesman.   The timely struggles that characters such as Willy Loman face, eventually lead to a major personal problem that, in this case, leads to death.  Problem plays deal directly with social and professional issues.  Death of a Salesman is a prime example o...   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Success in Death Of A Salesman

- Death of a Salesman DEATH OF A SALESMAN: THE QUEST FOR SUCCESS What is the "American Dream?" How does one define success. Many people hold different views on how to obtain true happiness. One common view is the accomplishment of something yearned. A majority of individuals desire love, compassion, and a family. On the other hand, there are those concerned with self-image, material items, and the fact that money can indeed buy true happiness. In Arthur Miller's play DEATH OF A SALESMAN [published by Ted Buchholz (1993)]--the story of a sixty-three year old man named Willy Loman striving to achieve the "American Dream" and his family who suffer as a cause--contains many examples of trying...   [tags: Arthur Miller]

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The Power of Women in Death of a Salesman

- In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, there are several female characters. Linda Loman is a loyal and nurturing wife and mother and is the person who holds the family together. The other women in the play are wanton and pull the Loman family apart. Both types of women in the play hold a position of power over the pitiful men, whether it is as a matriarch or a whore. Willy, Biff, and Happy Loman all have a common weakness: lack of self-control. Willy had an affair with a woman when he was younger, sleeping with secretaries that could help him make sales to their bosses....   [tags: Arthur Miller]

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The Meaning of the Title in The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

- Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman criticizes the American Dream and the means some (i.e. Willy Loman) use to achieve the Dream through many different symbol and motifs; however, the title Miller selected for his play is an overlooked aspect of his criticism towards the Dream. He uses the title to build layers of understanding for his denunciation of the American Dream. On the base level, the title represents exactly what it sounds like—the death of a Willy, a salesman. Peculiarly, Miller never tells the readers what exactly Willy sells....   [tags: dream, success, layers]

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Arthur Miller´s Death of A Salesman: A Commentary

- Arthur Miller Born on October 17, 1915 in Harlem, New York. Arthur Miller was raised in a moderately household until his family lost almost everything in the Wall Street Crash of 1929. They moved from the upper east side in Manhattan to Gravesend, Brooklyn. After graduating from high school, Miller worked little jobs so that he can save up money to attend the University of Michigan. Arthur Miller took courses with playwright professor Kenneth Rowe....   [tags: Emotions, Reflection]

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The function of flashbacks in Death of a Salesman.

- The function of flashbacks in Death of a Salesman. Throughout Death of a Salesman flashbacks are used continuously, typically to present the audience with the Loman family's background and show deterioration. In act one we see the first flashback at the beginning of the play. As the play starts to go into flashback the backdrop changes from the present 'Apartment houses' and the 'surroundings become covered in leaves.' The first sign of the Loman's happy past. Willy is talking sense and telling Biff to watch his schooling, giving him good advice, and then he shows his wealth, polishing the car talking about the hammock that Willy is going to buy, to the punch bag that Willy bought his sons....   [tags: English Literature]

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Comparing the Tragic Flaws in Oedipus Rex (the King) and Death of a Salesman

- The Tragic Flaws in Oedipus Rex and Death of a Salesman "Oedipus Rex" and "Death of a Salesman" are two examples of tragedies. In these two plays the characters are good, but not perfect, and their misfortunes are the result of their tragic flaws. Blindness and vision are used as motifs in the play "Oedipus Rex," which are also the tragic flaws of the hero. Vision refers to both literal and metaphorical blindness. The frequent references to sight, light, eyes, and perception are used throughout the play....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

- Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller's play, Death of a Salesman contains many themes of success and failure. They include the apartment buildings, the rubber hose, Willy's brother Ben, the tape recorder, and the seeds for the garden. These symbols represent Willy's attempts to be successful and his impending failure. In the start Willy and Linda moved to a home in Brooklyn, as it at the time seemed far removed form the city....   [tags: Papers]

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Death of a Salesman, a Film Review

- Death of a Salesman is probably one of Arthur Miller's greatest achievements. This play describes the sixty-three-year-old protagonist Willy Loman, a rounded and psychologically motivated individual. Willy is also a familiar American Philistine and even a universal type. He embodies the stupidity, immorality, self-delusion, and failure of middle-class values Miller portrays as being sterile and vicious. At the same time Willy's love of his delinquent sons, however harmful and wrongly expressed has made him "a King Lear in mufti." The transparent skeletal settings may be altered instantaneously; they modify naturalism into an expressionistic and dreamlike dramatization of Willy's free associa...   [tags: American Literature]

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The Vulnerability of the American Dream in The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

- Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, is a play that illustrated the realistic life of being an American and the vulnerability of an American Dream. It is a play that blended realism and expressionism in order to demonstrate the struggles and failures of Willy Loman. It showed Willy’s illusion of an American Dream, and the harsh reality shattering his dream into pieces. The play displayed Willy’s dreamlike inner world and the cruel realities of the external world. However, it is the interactions of realism and expressionism that makes the life of Willy evermore impacting....   [tags: realism, expressionism, progress]

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The Crime Of Vanity in Arthur Miller´s Death of a Salesman

- There has been much discussion of Arthur Miller’s play Death Of A Salesman, in subsequent years since its release, arguing different perspectives of many aspects of the play. In B.S. Field Jr.’s article “Hamartia in Death of Salesman”, he puts forth his views detailing why he feels Willy Loman is adequately and justly punished for his many crimes against his family. By highlighting literary evidence, Field is able to detail a strong argument against Willy as an amoral human. Although Willy is justly punished for his crimes, Field fails to go into the depth of Willy’s crimes....   [tags: crime, family, punish, treat]

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Death Of A Salesman by Arthur Miller

- Death Of A Salesman by Arthur Miller The author of the Death Of A Salesman, Arthur Miller, produces a lot of flashbacks throughout the book involving the main character Willy Loman. I am going to talk about two of the flashbacks that he writes about in the book. These are when Willy talks to 'the woman', and the other one is when Willy talks to Uncle Ben. Both of these flashbacks occur in Act One of the book. The first flashback that I have picked is when Willy talks to 'the woman'....   [tags: Papers]

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Themes of Failure, Self Delusion, and Conflict in "Death of a Salesman"

- Throughout the play “Death of a Salesman” there are multiple themes, some are obvious and others are just noticeable. Much of it revolves around the Main Character Willy and how he has confused reality with constant illusions and dreams. Based on my experience with “Death of a Salesman” I can say that there are multiple themes fused through this play. For example the author used these themes to create a strong central meaning or message that the reader can clearly understand. Overall I believe Arthur Miller has delivered conflict, self-delusion and failure to be the root of the many themes included in his book....   [tags: Literary Analysis]

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Tragic Heroes in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House

- Tragic Heroes in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House Dramatists such as Aristotle started to write a series of plays called tragedies. They were as follows: the play revolved around a great man such as a king or war hero, who possessed a tragic flaw. This flaw or discrepancy would eventually become his downfall. These types of plays are still written today, for example, Arthur Millers "Death of Salesman" and Henrik Ibsens "A Dolls House." "Death of Salesman" shows the downfall of the modern tragic hero, Willy Loman, a middle class working man....   [tags: Ibsen Miller Tragic Hero Essays Papers]

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Character Analysis in Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller

- Perhaps it is due to the abandonment by his father that Willy Loman experienced at a very young age, or the subsequent abandonment, a few years later of his older brother Ben, that underlies the reason Willy so desperately seeks to be loved and accepted. He continually makes reference to being “well liked” as being of the utmost importance. Physical appearance, worldly admiration, and the opinion of others are more important to Willy than the relationship he has with his own family. These and several other references throughout “Death of a Salesman” portray the troubled relationship between Willy and his two sons, Biff and Happy....   [tags: Well Liked, Family Relationships]

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Universality of Death of a Salesman

- Death of a Salesman's universality comes from its fundamental themes and ideas which will adhere to place and time period it is. They have the ability to connect with such a universal audience because they take into account human nature. We, as readers or viewers, of the play can connect with the concepts presented because they are part of our everyday lives. Let's start off with one of the major themes in the play, which is the pursuit of a dream. For Willy Loman, it is the American dream. His false notion of this dream, which he believes with firm conviction, if you are "well liked" and "personally attractive" you will do well in business and life....   [tags: Arthur Miller]

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Comparing Father and Child Relationships in Death of a Salesman and A View from the Bridge

- Father and Child Relationships in Death of a Salesman and A View from the Bridge     In literature as in life, we go through events which are the effects of the relationships between parent and child.  In both plays Death of a Salesman and A View from the Bridge, Arthur Miller depicts the possessiveness of human nature through the eyes of Willy Loman and Eddie Carbone.  Willy and his son Biff exhibit an undoubtable strain in their relationship.  Willy gives all his dreams to Biff in hope that he will carry on or create success for himself.  Eddie wants the best for his niece, Catherine, but is unaware of his over protectiveness which in actuality is an element much more repelling....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Death Of A Salesman - Willys I

- &#8220;Willy Loman is destroyed by his own ideals'; Willy Loman is a travelling salesman who has worked for the Wagner firm for 34 years. He is now 61 years old and his job has been taken off salary and put on commission. He has a family and he boasts to them that he is &#8220;vital in New England,'; but in fact he isn&#8217;t vital anywhere. Willy has many strong beliefs that he strives to achieve. He wants to own his own business and he wants to be &#8220;bigger than Uncle Charley'; and especially he wants to be a great success and he tries to emulate Dave Singleman....   [tags: essays research papers]

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death of a salesman and oedipus the king

- Death of a Salesman, Miller’s most famous work, addresses the painful conflicts within one family, but it also tackles larger issues regarding American national values. The play examines the cost of blind faith in the American Dream. In this respect, it offers a postwar American reading of personal tragedy in the tradition of Sophocles’ Oedipus Cycle. Miller charges America with selling a false myth constructed around a capitalist materialism nurtured by the postwar economy, a materialism that obscured the personal truth and moral vision of the original American Dream described by the country’s founders....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Death of a Salesman vs The Simpsons

- Death of a Salesman vs The Simpsons Each of the characters in "death of a Salesman" can be compared in some way to a character in the Simpsons. Linda Loman has a lot in common with Marge Simpson. Both love their families very much and are always the first to defend their husband's actions. Each wife is unappreciated and and does not receive much respect from her family. They try to instill good values onto their children: Marge reprimands Bart for stealing, and Linda tells Willy not to encourage the boys to steal....   [tags: essays papers]

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The Confusion Between Illusion and Reality in Death of a Salesman

- The line between reality and illusion is often blurred in Arthur Miller’s play, Death of a Salesman. Whether it is incorporated in the content or the actual structure, this struggle between recognizing reality from illusion turns into a strong theme; it eventually leads to the downfall of Willy and his family. Willy is incapable of recognizing who he is, and cannot realize that he, as well as his sons, is not capable of being successful in the business world. Happy and Biff both go through some battle between reality and illusion that cause a collapse in some part of their lives....   [tags: Arthur Miller]

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Elusive American Dream in Miller's Death of a Salesman and Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath

- The Elusive American Dream in Miller's Death of a Salesman and Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath The American dream of success through hard work and of unlimited opportunity in a vast country actually started before America was officially America, before the colonists broke away from England and established an independent country. That dream has endured and flourished for hundreds of years; as a result, American writers naturally turn to it for subject matter, theme, and structure. In examining its lure and promise, they often find, not surprisingly, that for those who fall short, failure can be devastating because material success is a part of our cultural expectations....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

- Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller The play, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, takes issue with those in America who place too much stress upon material gain, at the expense of other, more admirable human values. Miller uses flashbacks to provide exposition, to foreshadow the upcoming tragedy, and most importantly to reveal character traits. An analysis of the main character, Willy Loman, illustrates the underlying theme that the concern over material success breaks down the bonds between men that form the basis of a smooth-functioning society....   [tags: Papers]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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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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]

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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]

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A Comparison of Tennessee Williams´ The Glass Menagerie and Arthur Miller´s Death of a Salesman

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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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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 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]

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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]

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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]

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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

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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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Living or Dying with the American Dream

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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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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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]

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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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Death Of A Sales-Man

- Salesman Willy Loman is in a crisis. He is about to lose his job, he can't pay his bills, and his sons Biff and Happy do not respect him and cannot seem to live up to their potential. He wonders what went wrong and how he can make things up to his family. The story is revealed through Willy's illusions-where much of story is told- so in consideration of the audience, it is possible that the events have not occurred the way they are seen, though the audience has no idea since they are seeing it through Willy's eyes....   [tags: Arthur Miller]

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- 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]

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- Happy Loman has grown up to be a well-adjusted man of society. He has developed from a follower to a potentially successful businessman. Throughout his childhood, Happy always had to settle for second fiddle. Willy, his father, always seems to focus all his attention on Happy's older brother Biff. The household conversation would constantly be about how Biff is going to be a phenomenal football star, how Biff will be attending the University of Virginia and be the big man on campus, how Biff is so adulated among his friends and peers, and so on....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Death Of A Salesman ~ Arthur Miller Act One 1. How does Arthur Miller

- Death Of A Salesman ~ Arthur Miller Act One 1. How does Arthur Miller first present Willy Loman to the audience. Willy is first presented to the audience as an olden and exhausted man; this is portrayed through the 'word sigh' described in the scene description as he places his two large suitcases down. The audience then hears of his traumatic and slow drive home as he realises his daydreams are affecting his driving. Miller presents him here as not only an olden and exhausted man but also a confused man as well: Willy: "I'm tired to the death I could not make it....   [tags: English Literature]

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The American Dream in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

- The American Dream in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald In a majority of literature written in the 20th century, the theme of the ' American Dream" has been a prevalent theme. This dream affects the plot and characters of many novels, and in some books, the intent of the author is to illustrate the reality of the American Dream. However, there is no one definition of the American Dream. Is it the right to pursue your hearts wish, to have freedom to do whatever makes one happy....   [tags: The Great Gatsby F. Scott Fitzgerald]

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The Two Willy Lomans in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

- The Two Willy Lomans in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman   There are two Willy Lomans in The Death of a Salesman. There is the present broken, exhausted man in his sixties, soon to end his life. And there is the more confident, vigorous Willy of some fifteen years before, who appears in the flashbacks. One actor portrays both, readily shifting from one representation to the other. To some extent, of course, the personality remains constant. The younger Willy, although given to boastful blustering, does admit misgivings to Linda and loneliness to Biff....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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The Destruction of Willy Lowman's American Dream in Arthur Miller's Death of A Salesman

- In Arthur Miller's Death of A Salesman readers are introduced to Willy, an ambitious salesman who just can't seem to get a break despite his drive. Willy's life is marked by failure, and an almost stubborn attachment to the idea of striking it big. Willy's life is ended by his own hands, the result of a broken dream that lead to a broken spirit. In many senses Willy represents the idea of the "everyman", the average working class man trying to get ahead, this is reflected in his attachment to the achievement of more wealth, and his idealized vision of how to get there the "American dream." However, Willy can be seen to represent more that just the average man, and it can be argued that Will...   [tags: Death of A Salesman]

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