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Biff Lowman´s Character in Biff

- ... He sought him out for advice, inspiration and guidance. All of his actions in the past were done purely out of love for his father. Biff wanted to impress his father and seek gratification from him whenever possible, that is why he told his father that, “when he takes off his helmet to score that touchdown he was doing it for Willie”, his idol. He bought into whatever his father told him because he saw Willie as a big shot salesman an illusion that was orchestrated from the very beginning. That is why he believed without hesitation that he was destined for greatness, born to be a college football player, but that was sadly not the case, the delusion was broken when he failed math....   [tags: beginning, growth, conflict, trials]

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First Impressions of Happy and Biff

- First Impressions of Happy and Biff Before we (the audience) are actually introduced to the Loman brothers, Biff and Happy, we hear about them from their parents and we learn a little about them. We learn that an argument arose, when Willy asked Biff if “he was making any money?”, this criticism evidently hit Biff hard and appears to be a sensitive subject as Willy says he became “a moody man”. We also learn and Willy disapproves of Biffs’ career as a farmhand, although Linda tries to defend her elder son by saying that he needs to “find himself” Willy continues to say “not finding yourself at the age of thirty-four is a disgrace” and concludes by labelling...   [tags: Papers]

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View of Success between Biff and Willy Loman

- Success can be described as the accomplishment of an aim or purpose. To achieve success, one must understand the skills required and the personalities that must be represented. In Arthur Millers, “Death of a Salesman”, Willy Loman is presented as a character whom does not believe success is based on skills, meanwhile his son, Biff Loman thinks differently. Although Willy and Biff have similar beliefs on success, it is their attitude towards success that significantly sets them apart as Willy believes that success means making a substantial amount of money, meanwhile Biff believes that it is attained when you are happy with what you do....   [tags: comparative essay, Death of a Salesman]

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Death Of A Salesman - Biff Character Profile

- Biff is one of the main characters in the play "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller. Biff is Willy's and Linda's son. He was the star of the football team and had scholarships to 3 college's, but he flunked math and couldn't graduate, so he tried to work at many different jobs, and failed at each. Finally, he decided to head out west, and work on farms. Biff came back home this spring, because he didn't know what he was doing with his life. Willy has mood swings and sometimes thinks very highly of Biff sometimes but other times he hates him....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Plot in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

- Plot, characterization, and dialogue are the elements of drama that I’ve chosen to analyze for Death of a Salesmen. Willy seems to be in conflict with himself and everyone else in his life. Conflict is what drives the plot and will be the main element of drama that’s analyzed in this essay. In Death of a Salesman Willy is the protagonist and his son Biff is the antagonist, he provokes Willy’s anger by not holding a steady job and measuring up to what his father feels he should be. The plot in Death of a Salesman is dialogue driven and the theme of the play is the death of Willy’s career and his inability to become successful in life....   [tags: Character Analysis, Willy, Biff]

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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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The American Dream in Death of a Saleman by Arthur Miller

- ... Willy is always having dreams but he never works for them to be able to achieve them. In one of his dreams he says “Someday I’ll have my own business, and I’ll never have to leave home anymore.” (Miller 30). Willy is always talking about how he is going to move to the country, build guest houses for the boys, and have a good garden. In the Loman family they are all dreamers (Linda is not that much), but none of them ever put the effort in to finish their dreams and goals....   [tags: biff, hope, honor, respect]

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Irresponsibile Biff in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

- Irresponsibile Biff in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman         Have you ever felt as if you do not know what to do with your life. Everyone does sometimes, but certain people are like that their whole life. These people are irresponsible and depend on others to survive.  In "Death of a Salesman", Biff is one of these people.  He is irresponsible because he depends on Happy, depends on Willy, and does not know what to do for a living.        Biff looks up on Happy as an example of good life.  It seems to him that Happy's life is stable and successful....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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Biff's Changing Perception in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

- Biff's Changing Perception in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman In Death of a Salesman, Biff's perception of society is altered through a chain of events throughout the play.  His unrealistic expectations about how to succeed, learned from his father, eventually caused the destruction of his fantasies.  His concept of an ideal society, where being liked is what is needed to succeed, is harshly changed to a reality where he must realize that hard work and devotion are necessary to prosper.   Through a series of events, Biff gradually comes to a realization of what is necessary for success.  First, we are shown a part of his childhood where Biff is told that "the man who makes an...   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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The Importance of Biff in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

- The Importance of Biff in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller    The play "Death of a Salesman", by Arthur Miller, follows the life of Willy Loman, a self-deluded salesman who lives in utter denial, always seeking the "American Dream," and constantly falling grossly short of his mark. The member’s of his immediate family, Linda, his wife, and his two sons, Biff and Happy, support his role. Of these supportive figures, Biff’s character holds the most importance, as Biff lies at the center of Willy’s internal conflicts and dreams, and Biff is the only one in the play who seems to achieve any growth....   [tags: Death Salesman essays Papers]

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Free Essays - The Characters of Biff and Happy in Death of a Salesman

- The Characters of Biff and Happy in Death of a Salesman 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 for as long as possible, while others face up to the problem immediately to get it out of the way. Biff and Happy Loman are good examples of this, although both start from the same point, they end up going in different directions with Happy still living in his world of lies and Biff, being set free by the truth....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

- The American Dream In Death of a Salesman, written by American playwright Arthur Miller, focuses on Biff’s relationship towards his father Willy Loman. He plays the role that drives most of Willy’s thoughts and actions, specifically his memories. Whenever Willy is not able to accept the present, he reverts to the past where Biff is usually nearby. Before Willy’s trip to Boston, Biff admired his father. He trusted and believed his philosophy that any person can be successful, provided that he is “well-liked”....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller]

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The Perfect Wrong Dreams in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

- In the drama Death of a Salesman written by Arthur Miller, the main character Willy appears to have a form of Alzheimer’s in his old age while repetitively reminiscing of previous times with his family and work profession. Willy seems to have unwillingly convinced his son Biff to be an underachiever when Biff caught his father Willy in an affair with a client’s secretary. When Biff found out about the affair he soon decided he would not attend summer school putting his dreams of playing college football behind, soon to lead to a life of failures....   [tags: willy, alzheimer´s disease]

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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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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

- Many families suffer from dysfunctions. In the Death of a Salesman written by Arthur Miller, you have a dysfunctional family, Willy thinks he is an advanced salesmen getting cheated out of an amazing opportunity in New York, Linda believes her husband Willy is mentally sane and that he just has bad luck, Happy says he’s a salesmen when he has been keeping his real work hidden from his family, and Biff has been bouncing around from job to job down west. Willy, Linda, Biff, and Happy use self-deception as a means to mentally escape the reality of their lives....   [tags: dysfunctional familly, willy]

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Death of a Salesman: The Relationships Father and Son

- Willy Loman has the ups and downs of someone suffering from bipolar disorder: one minute he is happy and proud- the next he is angry and swearing at his sons. Their relationships are obviously not easy ones. Willy always has the deeper devotion, adoration, and near-hero worship for his son Biff; the boy, likewise, has a great love for his father. Each brags on the other incessantly, thereby ignoring the other son- Happy- who constantly tries to brag on himself in order to make up the lack of anyone to do it for him....   [tags: Arthur Miller, Willy Loman, relationship]

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Family Issues in the Play Death of a Salesman

- The play, Death of a Salesman, is a tragic drama about an aging salesman who tries to do all he can to support his family and make them lead successful lives. The struggling salesman, Willy Loman has two sons, Biff and Happy, whom he tries to drive towards success. Willy believes that being well liked and making a good and lasting impression are the keys to success and tries to teach this philosophy to his two sons. Biff, being the favorite son of Willy, has worked as a manual laborer and Willy believes that Biff can do so much more with his life....   [tags: success, life, philosophy]

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Dreams in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

- Do you ever have a dream. What is your dream. Having a dream is crucial for people to work hard to make the dream come true. In Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman, the main character, had a dream— to be a well-liked salesman—and had strived for this dream throughout his whole life. But he committed suicide to end his life. He was not happy in the process of achieving his dream. Arthur Miller, the author, reveals a negative attitude towards Willy’s behavior and beliefs. Willy is a man with flaws that leads to his downfall....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Analytical Essay]

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Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

- Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is a tragedy that recounts the journey of Willy Loman, a salesman in his sixties, who attempts, but fails to achieve success through his own approach by being popular and well-liked. Miller uses several motifs to develop his theme, which is that people who are suffering, but continue not to be mindful of their actions and ideals, and not adapt to the current situation, will continue to suffer. Willy’s idea of success and his stubbornness to this idea is revealed using the motif of popularity....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller, Lee J. Cobb]

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The Use of Deception in Arthur Miller's The Death of a Salesman

- Lying is a string that ties together a great part of the plot in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. The Lomans are all greatly self-deceptive, and in their particular fancies and delusions to reality, they fuel and nourish off of each other. Willy convinces himself that he is effective, overall loved, and that his children are bound for significance. Unable to adapt to reality, he totally forsakes it through his vivid dreams and eventually through suicide. Linda and Happy also accept that the Lomans are going to become showbiz royalty....   [tags: lying, identity, cheating]

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Grades and Self-Esteem

- Death of a Salesman, and research performed by the American Psychological Society (subsequently renamed the Association for Psychological Science) show how grades and self-esteem share a direct correlation. In Death of a Salesman Biff and Bernard both demonstrate how grades and self-esteem correlate. In Death of a Salesman, Willie Lowman’s son Biff fails math in high school, because of this failure. Biff loses his self-esteem and therefore is unsuccessful. However, in contrast, Bernard passes all of his classes and is successful....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, students, grading]

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Self-Esteem and Grading

- ... From here, he spiraled downward. Biff lost his self-esteem when he realized his failure. Upon his failure Biff went in search of his father for reassurance. The reassurance that everything would be alright, and that he wasn’t as he believed himself to be, a failure. Biff shows a correlation between grades and self-esteem. Biff failed math, therefore he lost his self-esteem. When Biff lost his self-esteem he lost his drive to be successful. Biff’s loss of self-esteem made it so he lost the drive needed to be successful....   [tags: Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman]

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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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Slaughterhouse Death Of A Salesman By Willy Loman

- Willy Loman, in "Death of a Salesman" is constantly getting angry because Biff is not as successful as he thought he would be. Earlier in the play, it is told that Willy got into argument with Biff. Linda tells Willy that Biff is moody for the reason that he cannot find himself. Willy states "Not finding yourself at the age of thirty-four is a disgrace" (Millar Act I: 5). Another example is when Willy discovered that Biff did not pass math. Willy tells Biff, " If you hadn 't flunked you 'd 've been set by now!" (Millar Act II: 2)....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller, Pen, The Play]

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Analysis Of The Play ' Death Of A Salesman '

- I have chosen the play “Death of a Salesman” to answer this question. This play is about a salesman by the name of Willie who is battling depression and dementia. His depression is coming from how he is viewing his life and the lives of his children especially Biff’s. He wanted his children to have a better life then he did. He wanted them to be successful both financially and socially. However, he was forcing his own dream of a successful business man on them which was causing his children to struggle in life....   [tags: Family, Son, Depression, Love]

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Willy 's Dreams For His Sons

- As a father, Willy only wants the best for his sons. He wants his sons to do better than what he has done with his life and achieve more success. Willy 's dreams for his sons are a source of tension and anxiety for Biff and Happy. Their desire to please their father clashes with what is deemed moral and the right way to act. Willy 's dreams for his sons are seen as added pressure for them to succeed within life. In order to fulfill their father 's wishes, they develop a mindset that they must do whatever it takes for them to succeed....   [tags: Morality, Ethics, Moral, Family]

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Willy Loman's Lack of Morality in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

- Willy Loman's Lack of Morality in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman         In Arthur Miller's play, Death of a Salesman, a major theme and source of conflict is the Loman family's lack of morality.  This is particularly evident in the father, Willy Loman.  Willy has created a world of questionable morality for himself and his family.  In this world, he and his sons are men of greatness that "have what it takes" to make it in the competitive world of business.  In reality, Willy’s son Biff is a drifter and a thief, his son Hap is continually seducing women with lies, while Willy does not treat his wife with respect and lies to everyone....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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Arthur Miller 's Death Of A Salesman

- Although the parents in Arthur Miller 's play Death of a Salesman want their sons to be successful, their sons Biff and Happy struggle to communicate with them, which results in fights that creates further dysfunctional relationships in the Loman family. Success is crucial to the father Willy, who believes he is above other salesman, giving him the wrong idea of his position. When Willy saw his brother Ben as a success, jealousy swept over him. Willy is a pushy father who wants to show his children Biff and Happy that success is most important....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Family, Dysfunctional family]

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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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Death of a Salesman – Pride; the Deterioration of Dignity

- A tragic hero is commonly known as a character of nobility that undergoes a fatal change which ultimately results in a tragedy. Arthur Miller, however, has a slightly different view in regards to what a tragic hero is. He asserts that a tragic hero does not necessarily have to be a character of nobility, instead can be an average person in possession of a tragic flaw. In Death of a Salesman, a play written by Arthur Miller, the criteria of a modern tragic hero are best expressed and demonstrated through the main character, Willy Loman....   [tags: American Theater]

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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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Willy Loman Of The American Dream

- “She 's got a dream. He 's got a dream. They 've got a dream. We 've got a dream!. . . Yes way down deep inside, I 've got a dream!” (Tangled). Every person has a dream for their life, something they want to accomplish or a position they want to ascend to. Whether it be farming the country side or being President of the United States, every one’s dream is different. Willy Loman knew he wanted the American Dream. He wanted to be happy, well liked and to own his house and appliances. The only way Willy thought was possible to achieve that dream was by being a salesman....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller]

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The Survival of the American Dream in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman

- The term, “American Dream,” came from American historian James Truslow Adams who first used the term in his published book, “The Epic of America.” According to Adam himself, he believes that the American Dream is the “dream of a land in which life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” (Amadeo). The term has been used differently in today’s society and recalls it as maturing, getting married with the love of your life, having a beautiful home, and positioning in a good paying job to provide for your kids....   [tags: happiness, willy loman, inspiration]

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Deception of Family in Death of a Salesman and A Doll’s House

- Arthur Miller's classic American play, Death of a Salesman and Henrik Ibsen’s classic play A Doll’s House, expose dysfunctional families and behaviors. In these plays, the themes of innocence, guilt and of truth and are considered through the eyes of deception. Both plays tell us that most of us choose to play roles and deceive, not only those immediately, but distantly around us. In Death of a Salesman the father passes deception to his boys the next generation. A Doll’s House Shows deception in a whole different way....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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The Internal and External Conflicts of Willy Loman

- ... The internal conflict continues with Willy’s dreams. The beginning of the play tells us that it is about dreams (Eisinger 2). Willy dreams of the American dream and family dreams. Willy characterizes the American dream as success, which creates conflict within himself. Willy longs for the dream so much that he focuses solely on achieving this goal that he loses desire for anything less. Willy interprets his desire for success when he defines Dave Singleton: And he was eighty-four years old and he’d drummed merchandise in thirty-one states....   [tags: Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman]

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Death Of A Salesman By Willy Loman

- Death of a Salesman is a classic tragedy depicting a salesman and his attempts in the American dream. The tragic aspect of the story is the pride that destroyed the opportunities that the salesman, Willy Loman had in achieving the American dream. However, because Willy did not grasp the opportunities and took his own path, he ended up as a failure as a salesman, husband, father and friend. Willy Loman is a relatable character because everyone has flaws and make that one mistake that they would regret till the day they die....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Tragedy, Tragic hero]

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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 a Salesman by Arthur Miller

- Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is about a traveling salesman named Willy Loman who has hit a rough patch in his life. Willy seems to have a normal family, with a wife and two boys. His sons, Happy and Biff, while different, represent Willy in many ways. Willy always strived to be successful and struggled for acceptance, which also represents his sons personalities and outlooks. As Pamela Loos says, “Willy Loman fails to understand himself and esteems a career path that goes against who he truly is,” this keeps him from ever being happy with himself....   [tags: willy loman, happiness, dreams]

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Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

- In literature and in life, people endure events which are the effects from the relationships between a parent and their child. In Death of a Salesman written by Arthur Miller it is evident how the relationship between Willy and his sons creates the downfall of the dysfunctional Loman family. Miller depicts the possessiveness that exists in humans through Willy Loman. In the 1949 era to preserve a healthy household it was important for the father-son relationship to be strong. If conflicts were to arise in their relationship the entire family would collapse and fail....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Family, Son, Arthur Miller]

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Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

- The play, Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, set in the last century, centers around Willy Lowman, a traveling salesman in New England. The play grows out of Willy’s serious mental illness resulting from a disparity between reality and Willy’s idealistic goals of success. Willy’s visions of success through abundant material wealth deviate as Willy struggles to provide for his wife, Linda, and his two sons. As a result of his apparent failure of success, Willy tries to live vicariously through his son, Biff Lowman, who appears to have the ability to be a successful businessman by Willy’s standards....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller, Success]

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Free Death of a Salesman Essays: After the Funeral

- Death of a Salesman: After the Funeral They all return to the house. The fully paid for house. The sight of it brings back a slight sob to Linda's throat, when she reaches the cement stoop her sobbing once again becomes full. Charley looks to her but is at a loss for words. Happy puts his arms around his mother and holds her. Biff only looks on at it all. For a brief second he sees the Willy's fate in Happy's eyes as he holds Linda. Willy's death has brought Biff to know what he is more than ever....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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Tragedy of a Common Man in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

- A tragic hero brings his own demise upon himself due to a crippling character flaw. Willy Loman from “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller satisfies the criteria for a tragic hero because his pride leads to his downfall. Despite not being a man of high estate, Willy’s readiness to “lay down his life” (miller criticism) makes him a prime example of a modern tragic hero. Willy’s pride inhibits the success of his family by feeding his egotistical nature, idealism, and false value system. Willy eventually addresses these negative traits he possesses and sacrifices himself for his family, thus satisfying Death of a Salesman as a tragic play....   [tags: pride, downfall, family, idealism, false]

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Death of a Saleman by Arthur Miller

- “I have such thoughts, I have such strange thoughts.” (Miller 1671). This line from Act I of the story gives us insight into Willy’s struggle with dealing with reality. We see early on that something is going with Willy’s mental state as he describes to his wife Linda why he’s returned home from his business trip. As the story continues we see Willy having imaginary conversations with a woman that reveals a pivotal moment in the relationship with his son Biff. Another of the persons with which he carries out an imaginary conversation with is his brother Ben that continue throughout the narrative and results in Willy finally committing suicide....   [tags: willy, charley, linda]

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Death of Salesman by Arthur Miller

- In the play Death of a Salesman by the playwright Arthur Miller, the use of names is significant to the characters themselves. Many playwrights and authors use names in their works to make a connection between the reader and the main idea of their work. Arthur Miller uses names in this play extraordinarily. Not only does Miller use the names to get readers to correlate them with the main idea of the play, but he also uses names to provide some irony to the play. Miller uses the meanings of some of the names to tie in the characteristics of the characters....   [tags: names as metaphors]

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Hurtful Love and Foolish Hope in Death of a Salesman

- Hurtful Love and Foolish Hope in Death of a Salesman A father is an important role model in a young man's life; perhaps the most important. A father must guide his children, support them, teach them, and most importantly, love them. In the play Death of a Salesman, written by Arthur Miller, an aging salesman of 63, Willy Loman worked all his life for his children. Happy and especially Biff, his two sons, where his pride and joy and his reason for living. Willy tried as hard as he possibly could to provide for them, to support them, to mold them into men; but he failed....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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Willy's Struggle for Identity in "Death of a Salesman"

- Throughout his life, Willy Loman thinks of himself as well-liked in the play "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller. It is the most important attribute to him. Willy lived his life thinking he had thousands of friends all over the New England territory and that he would be recognized anywhere he would go. He boasts this to his sons and they think he is the greatest man on Earth. He raises his two sons, Biff and Happy, to be well-liked and Willy does not care about their grades. He believes they will be better prepared for the business world if they are well-liked, and does not think education matters as much as personality, appearance, and physical skill....   [tags: American Literature]

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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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The Influences of Tragedy in Arthur Miller´s Death of a Salesman

- The Influences of Tragedy in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman “A salesman has got to dream” (Miller ). That sums up Willy Loman’s life in just one sentence. Willy is a sixty-three year old salesman with two son, Biff and Happy, and loving, supportive wife, Linda. In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Willy tries to provide for his family while struggling with financial, emotional, psychological, and suicidal issues. Willy commits suicide at the end of the play, with the help of his dead brother Ben, in believing that the action is the only way he could provide for his family one last time....   [tags: identity, suicide, dream, Willy Loman, success]

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Symbols Of Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

- Death of a Salesman Symbols “In Discussion: Symbols of Death of a Salesman” “I don 't say he 's a great man. Willy Loman never made a lot of money. His name was never in the paper. He 's not the finest character that ever lived. But he 's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. He 's not to be allowed to fall into his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must finally be paid to such a person,” Linda states regarding Willy Loman. Linda is Willy’s wife....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller, Lee J. Cobb]

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Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

- Arthur Miller undergone much hardships and pains as he developed his writing career, however with persistence and hard work he was able to overcome his critics and personal problems to become one of America’s greatest authors and playwrights. Miller’s life exemplifies that the American Dream exists, that with hard work and determination you can reach monetary and social success, however if that dream is distorted to superficial standards and likeability, it becomes a self-destructive pursuit that leads only to your own demise....   [tags: World War II, James Truslow Adams, Suicide]

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Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

- “Death of a Salesman” Arthur Miller is an incredible but yet sad story of a family who suffers from the downfall of the American dream. Throughout the play we see everything from a depressed family to a happy hopeful household dreaming of success. Now when we think of peoples actions when times are hard there can be some desperate things that individuals do. So let’s dig a little deeper into the perceptions and thoughts of the individuals involved in this play. Let’s take a look into the behaviors and motivations of the struggling family as they try to live the “American Dream”....   [tags: Narcissistic personality disorder]

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Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

- Leonard Boswell once said, “The American Dream is one of success, home ownership, college education for one 's children, and have a secure job to provide these and other goals” (Boswell). This quote embodies the way Willy Loman, in Death of A Salesman by Arthur Miller, looks at life. He struggled through his whole life so he could feel as if he was truly successful. Willy wants everything that Boswell said plus he wants to be well liked, he wants the all important American Dream, and being better that those who surround him....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller, Success]

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The American Dream in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

- The American Dream in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Throughout Death of a Salesman the males of the Loman family cannot distinguish between the reality of the American Dream and the illusion of it. Willy cannot see who Happy and Biff actually are as individuals or himself for that matter. Therefore, Willy and his sons believe that they all know and have what it takes to be a success in life and in business. In actuality the success of both falls very far from the ideal American Dream of their time....   [tags: Death of a Salesman Essays]

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Miller's Dramatic Effects of Dishonesty in Death of a Salesman

- Miller's Dramatic Effects of Dishonesty in Death of a Salesman Introduction ============ Dishonesty is common throughout Death of a Salesman. Whether the lies are intentional or delusional, Willy, Biff, and Happy tell untruths all the time, Biff finally realizes that they've been lying to each other and themselves so much, that they don't even know who they really are. Dishonesty is also highlighted by Willy's relationship with the woman and his delusion in relation to his career....   [tags: Papers]

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Inner Conflict in Death of a Salesman

- Inner Conflict in Death of a Salesman The main conflict in Death of a Salesman deals with the confusion and frustration of Willy Lowman. These feelings are caused by his inability to face the realities of modern society. Willy's most prominent delusion is that success is dependant upon popularity and having personal attractiveness. Willy builds his entire life around this idea and teaches it to his children. When Willy was young, he had met a man named Dave Singleman who was so well-liked that he was able to make a living simply by staying in his hotel room and telephoning buyers....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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Success and Failure in Arthur Miller's Death of A Salesman

- Success and Failure in Arthur Miller's Death of A Salesman       Most people strive for excellence in their lives and aspire to succeed at whatever they complete. Success means many different things to different people. It includes happiness, money, and a career. In Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, we follow Willy Loman, the protagonist, as he reviews a life of desperate pursuit of a dream of success. Miller uses many characters to contrast the difference between success and failure within the play....   [tags: Death Salesman essays Arthur Miller]

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The Tragedy of the Common Man in Death of a Salesman

- Death of a Salesman, written by Arthur Miller in 1949, won a Pulitzer Prize and established Miller’s international status. The play conveys issues of social realism and family complications as it explores the life of a man who lives in a fragmented state of reality with unfulfilled hopes and dreams. Arthur Miller’s play raises the question of the significance and value of the American dream by contrasting the two different views of becoming successful; one view believes that hard-work and support will lead to success, while the other relies on popularity, attractiveness, and likability to be successful....   [tags: Arthur Miller, literary analysis]

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Experiencing, Interpreting, and Evaluating Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman'

- ... In the same flashback Willy asks Biff, “What do they say about you in school, now that they made you captain?” Willy proudly hears that Biff has a crowd of followers, and is well on his way to becoming well-liked and successful. The reason Willy tries to maintain the idea of success is to not disappoint his boys who admire him. He wants the best for Biff and Happy and hopes that their lives will be better than his. Interpreting a play means to read and pay attention to details, focus on specific parts of the play that have meaning, link your ideas together and form a conclusion of what the play means to you....   [tags: play analysis]

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Illusion Versus Reality in Death of a Salesman

- Illusion Versus Reality in Death of a Salesman   A major theme and source of conflict throughout Miller's play, Death of a Salesman, is the Loman family's inability to distinguish between reality and illusion.  This is particularly evident in the father, Willy Loman.  Willy has created a fantasy world for himself and his family.  In this world, he and his sons are men of greatness that "have what it takes" to make it in the business environment.  In reality, none of them can achieve greatness until they confront and deal with this illusion....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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Reality and Illusion in Death of a Salesman

- Reality and Illusion in Death of a Salesman In Arthur Miller's play, Death of a Salesman, the major theme as well as the main source of conflict is Willy's inability to distinguish between reality and illusion. Willy has created a fantasy world for himself and his family, a world in which he and his sons are great men who "have what it takes" to make it in the context of business and free enterprise. In reality, none of them can achieve greatness until they confront and deal with this illusion....   [tags: Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman]

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Character Analysis : ' Death Of A Salesman '

- Character and their relationships Elements like characterization and their relationship are on of the main points that help the reader to understand more about the work. Through this relationship, the reader can comprehend the conflicts of the play, since the characters play different roles in each other’s lives. The characters are usually connected in different ways, such as emotional and physical. These relationships can be brother and sister, mother and daughter, or father and son. In “Death of A Salesman,” by Arthur Miller the relationship between Willy Loman and his sons, Biff and Happy, allow Miller to comment on the father-son relationship and conflicts that arise from them....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller, Family]

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Subjugaiton of women in death of a salesman

- Arthur Miller said about women, “I like the company of women. Life is boring without them” (guardian.co.uk). The company that Miller believes women provide becomes an important aspect in the decisions he makes in his adulthood. During his adulthood, decided to engage in short-lived relationships and marry three different women. Quickly after college, Miller married his college girlfriend, Mary Grace Slattery, and started a family with her. Soon afterwards, Miller met and immediately connected with iconic Marilyn Monroe....   [tags: Theatre]

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Info On Death Of A Salesman Summary

- Info On Death Of A Salesman Summary Willy Loman, an elderly failing salesman whose salary has been taken away and works on straight commission, returns home from a sales trip that he could not complete. He is weary and tired of life on the road. His two grown sons, Biff and Happy have returned home to visit. Biff has lost his way in life and has returned home after 15 years of drifting. Happy, who lives in his own apartment is also home to visit. Willy has a conversation with his wife, Linda, as he gets ready for bed....   [tags: English Literature]

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Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller

- Death of A Salesman, written by Arthur Miller, is a play based on the turmoil within an average American family. Miller wrote Death of A Salesman easily showcasing the elements of drama. I was easily able to follow the plot, identify with his characters, and picture the setting. The main theme of the plot seemed to be Willy reaching for the "American Dream". Financial success, business success, outwardly perfect family, revered by your peers, and in general respected by all. Early on in the play two things are evident to the reader; Willy's questionable mental status, and his tumultuous relationship with his sons....   [tags: Death of a Salesman Essays]

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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

- The tragic tale Death of a Salesman fulfills Aristotle’s definition of a tragedy to a great degree. The play conforms to Aristotle’s definition seamlessly for the factors of plot, thought, diction, and spectacle, satisfying all of the key necessities for each section. Character, also, fits well with his definition, but there are a few deviations from Aristotle’s perfect tragedy that prevent a seamless fit. The use of a chorus is completely ignored in this play, but being one of the least important elements, it does not affect the overall worth of the play....   [tags: business trip, aristotle]

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Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

- Multiple forms of parent and child relations are portrayed throughout the play Death of a Salesman, written by Arthur Miller. Throughout the play, it is seen that Willy Loman and his son 's relationship is all over with its ups and downs; this also occurs with Willy’s wife, Linda, and their sons. Also, other parent and child relations are seen throughout the play with Charley and his son Bernard, which can also be seen as another type of peculiar relationship. In Death of a Salesman, relationships between child and parent can be analyzed by the changes, differences and the effects it had on the people....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Family, Arthur Miller]

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Death Of A Salesman By William Shakespeare

- Willy Loman is one of the main characters in the play Death of a Salesman written by Arthur Miller. Willy Loman is a troubled man who makes a sacrifice to help his son. Polonius is one of the minor characters in the play Hamlet written by William Shakespeare. Polonius is a selfish man who wants to be well liked. Although these characters come from different worlds, Polonius and Willy Loman are very similar. Both of these characters desire to be accepted and well-liked. Polonius does things for the king in hopes that the king will like him....   [tags: Hamlet, Gertrude, Tragedy, Characters in Hamlet]

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Death of a Salesman

- In “Death of a salesman,“ Willy Loman’s values are very much skewed. He is focused on ideals that are dedicated to success in a world which has no room for non-achievers. Willy‘s life was built of false dreams and hopes. His main values in life are money and being well liked. These beliefs are expressed throughout the entire story. He says “Be liked and you will never want.” Willy also complains that Biff ‘…has yet to make thirty-five dollars a week!’ The importance of being well-liked, physically attractive, and being a good athlete are the qualities which are often stressed by Willy Loman....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Catcher In The Rye, Macbeth And Death Of A Salesman Comparison Essay

- In literature, characters often confront challenges and due to their misconceptions of reality these challenges become complicated by external factors, which ultimately lead to tragic results. Willy, from the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Holden, from the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, and Macbeth, from the play Macbeth by William Shakespeare, live with false perceptions of life and struggle through life's challenges. Willy struggles with the challenges of his life by lying, causing him to suffer because of how he defines success....   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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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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Death of a Salesman

- Death of a Salesman In the play Death of a Salesman, appearance vs. reality is one of the major themes throughout the story. Biff says it himself, “I’m tired of living in a dream.” Willy represents appearance. His perspective on life was clouded by his need for the “American Dream”. Biff represents reality. Biff saw things for what they truly were and didn’t lie to himself or others. This shows that Willy and Biff are opposite characters who each represent the theme of appearance vs. reality in the play....   [tags: essays papers]

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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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Arthur Miller's Death of a Saleman

- “Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.”(Tucker p.56) This quote by Winston Churchill relates to Biff, Willy’s oldest son, and how he gave up on life once he found out the truth and reality about his dad. Upon finding his father cheating on his mother, Biff decides not to take the summer school math class which would have allowed him to graduate high school and go to the University of Virginia. Biff was raised by his father to believe that success and wealth in life were two of the most important goals to achieve....   [tags: essays research papers]

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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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Father and Son in Death of a Salesman, and Fences

- The role of a father could be a difficult task when raising a son. The ideal relationship between father and son perhaps may be; the father sets the rules and the son obeys them respectfully. However it is quite difficult to balance a healthy relationship between father and son, because of what a father expects from his son. For instance in the narratives, “Death of a Salesman,” and “Fences” both Willy and Troy are fathers who have a difficult time in earning respect from their sons, and being a role model for them....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Fences]

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Death of a contradictory salesman in the ambiguous birthday party

- Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is a realist play which criticizes modern society; Harold Pinter’s The Birthday Party is an absurdist play that examines human existence and language through deformed realism. There is apparently nothing common between the two plays; however, there is a similarity: contradiction and ambiguity are shown in the language of both plays. As I look into this issue, differences in the features and purposes of contradiction and ambiguity are found. By contradiction and ambiguity, I mean that many details in the plays are contradicting according to different conversations in different scenes....   [tags: Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman, play]

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Main Characters in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

- Although there are many things we do not know about the characters in Arthur Miller’s play “Death of a Salesman”, in the beginning we are left worried about the attitude of one of the main characters—has he had a relationship crisis. What causes him to act the way he does. There is one thing we are sure of from the start: He is an exhausted, hot-tempered, old man. In the play “Death of a Salesman” the setting fluctuates between either the late 1940s or the daydreams of Willy’s past. During this time, men’s roles were very high, due to the fact that they were the breadwinners....   [tags: willy loman, charley]

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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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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

- Arthur Miller is the playwright behind Death of a Salesman. Arthur was born on the 17th of October 1915 into a wealthy New York City family. When the Great Depression hit, the family lost their money in the stock market and were forced to sell and move to Gravesend, Brooklyn. There, Arthur finished high school, working in odd jobs until he had enough to afford college at the University of Michigan. Arthur got his degree and moved back to New York City where he began his career as a playwright. ("Arthur.”) Arthur’s first Broadway play was a disaster and closed after four showing....   [tags: mary slaterry, marilyn monroe]

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Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

- The American Dream in today’s society is a concept that differs for each individual. For some, it is to be rich and to have a financially stable career. For others, it may be to start a family that will carry on a legacy for generations. Even though for each this may be personalized, a constant connection that the American Dream has for all is the search for happiness. In the play Death of a Salesman written by Arthur Miller, the American Dream is a theme that’s interpretation varies from character to character....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller, Want, WANT]

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