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Death of a Salesman

- It is known that in literature, a tragedy is one of the most popular genres. It always combines some story which discusses human sufferings with a certain sense of audience fulfillment. The roots of the tragedy are related to ancient Greece. A Greek tragedy is a sad story, which represents a character with a tragic flaw leading to his downfall. In addition, in traditional tragedy, the main character falls from high authority and often it is predetermined by fate, while the audience experiences catharsis (Bloom 2)....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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Death Of The Salesman By Arthur Miller

- The play “Death of the Salesman” by Arthur Miller, introduced the dramatic story of Willy Loman, a salesman who has reached the end of the road. Willy Loman is a washed-up salesman who is facing hard times. In “Death of a Salesmen,” Willy Loman has been deluding himself over the years to the point he cannot understand what is wrong with him. This leads to the problems with is sons, wife, and career; it ultimately is what ends his life. I believed that the character of Willy 's delusion caused him to fall....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Family, Marriage]

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The Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

- The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller is a play about Willy Loman and his loving family. The Allegory of the Cave is a symbol for the differences between thought up ideas and what we see as reality. Plato’s main idea is to show us that what we see in the real world is not everything we actually see even if it’s not visibly apparent to us. The Allegory informs us how the world is a mysterious and dark cave, how us humans live as trapped enclosed prisoners unable to do anything, and everything we go through as experiences are shadows casted on the wall....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller]

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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

- ... I have to agree with Thompson’s statement about Willy’s reference to Biff as Hercules. Although young Biff is well-built and good looking and has all the qualities Willy believes will guarantee success, these characteristics are only on the surface and Willy cannot see beyond that whether in the business world or life in general. He simple cannot face reality that sales is not a proper career path for him. In “The Right Dream in Miller’s Death of a Salesman” Stephen A. Lawrence states that the relationship between Willy and Biff is that of intense love and hate that they have for each other....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller]

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Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

- Family relationships, because of their closeness and emotional involvement can significantly influence one’s life, either positively or negatively. This is the case in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, where Willy’s, family has a massively negative impact on his life. Their abandonment of him, their enabling of his mistaken ideas and his conflict with Biff contribute to his failure as a father, salesman and human being. During his life, Willy is abandoned by many family members. The first of these is his father who leaves for Alaska when Willy is a baby....   [tags: Family, Death of a Salesman, Failure]

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The Tragedy in "Death of a Salesman"

- Modern domestic tragedies began between the late 19th century and feature ordinary people to be the heroes/anti-heroes unlike Greek tragedies in which the protagonist was of high status or noble birth. “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller is a classic example of this and features the anti-hero Willy showing the audience how his perfect family lifestyle has falling apart contributing to the disorder of his world which increases as his mind slowly deteriorates. Through the play Willy is striving to live the American Dream; to have a better, richer and happier life....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Aurthur Miller, tragedy, ]

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Death Of A Salesman By Willy Loman

- ... His distorted sense of reality has him believing that the money from his life insurance will compensate his family for all of his shortcomings as a father and a husband. But, Willy’s ignorance leaves his efforts with no avail since life insurance does not pay out to to those who take their own life through suicide. Willy attempts to maintain relations with his family through this, therefore giving him a sense of identity- as it is his last effort to financially contribute to their well-being....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Family, Marriage, Woman]

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The Strength of Family in Death of a Salesman and A Raisin in the Sun

- The American Dream is a vision of economic opportunity available to all those who work for it, regardless of race or class. However, as seen in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” and Lorraine Hansberry’s “A Raisin in the Sun”, perverted conceptions of the American Dream convince certain characters that they are entitled to the fruits of miracles. Despite their best intentions for supporting their families, Walter Younger and Willy Loman encounter unsurpassable obstacles and are unable to fulfill their dreams....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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Masculine Bravado in Death of a Salesman and A Streetcar Named Desire

- What is it to be a man. Masculinity is defined and characterized differently across cultures and time – there is no “global” standard. In some cultures, being a man may mean being comfortable with both your masculine and feminine sides or it could suggest being “tough” and not letting your feelings show at all. Manliness can be demonstrated in some cultures by providing for a family through work, and in others, it might mean scoring the winning goal in a championship game. It is not an easy thing to define an entire gender based on the arbitrary set of ever-changing social and cultural norms, but somehow- it still happens....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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The Multifaceted Themes and Symbols in Miller's Play, Death of a Salesman

- Arthur Miller, the author of the play Death of a Salesman, proposes the idea that even an ordinary person can have major tragedies happen to him or her. When something bad happened to the individuals, who were mostly royalty, as portrayed in the great Greek and great Shakespearean tragedies, it affected the whole country. The ordinary person with a commonplace background, however, playing the major role in a tragedy, is a reformation of the older masterpiece, now tuned for modern readers and viewers....   [tags: death of a salesman]

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Destruction of the American Dream in Death of a Salesman

- "We may have different backgrounds, but we believe in the same dream that says this is a country where anything’s possible. No matter who you are. No matter where you come from.” -- President Obama, Commenting on the American Dream The American Dream is a set of ideals in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success. It is the belief that, no matter how poor you begin life, you can achieve upward social mobility for your family and children. Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, crushes the ethos of the American Dream....   [tags: Essays on Death of a Salesman]

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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 Salesman By Arthur Miller

- In a classic moment of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, we find Willy Loman and his two sons wondering about the fate of the people of New York, and themselves. In this moment, one of the most heart-rending and emotional lines of the play is generated, by Biff, the son of Willy, about a third, unimportant character. Biff says: “He’s liked, but he’s not well liked.”1 This is used throughout the rest of the play to demonstrate importance or a sense of worth, but it is never more intense and touching as when Biff says it here....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Tragedy, Life, Tragic hero]

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Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

- ... In one of Willy’s flashbacks he recalls the time when his sons and him were outside cleaning their Chevy. Willy informs Biff and Happy the success of his business trips and how everyone residing in Boston adores him. He mentions that due to the admiration of people he does not even have to wait in lines. He ultimately teaches his sons that being liked by others is the way to fulfilling one’s life and removing your worries. These ideals, that one does not need to work for success, demonstrate Willy’s deluded belief of achieving a prosperous life from the admiration and acceptance of others....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller, Lee J. Cobb]

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Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

- ... He assumed that his success came from his connection to the people at his funeral, not the work he put in as a salesman. When arguing with his Biff over his failed sales career, Willy cannot help but believe that their family has to be special. He thinks that one needs to be highly valued and special in order to have a successful life: “I am not a dime a dozen. I am Willy Loman, and you are Biff Loman!” (105). Willy has spent his whole life hung up on needing to be well-know, when his time could have been spent towards increasing his education for his professional career....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller, Want, WANT]

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Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

- ... In the beginning he labels Biff as a lazy bum and then later contradicts himself by saying he is not lazy. It’s in his immediately changing gears that one sees he negates any proper parenting he could have given Biff. Willy Loman does want his son to become successful, but his view of success is delusional, in Willy’s eyes in order to be successful, you need to be well-liked. Most parents take their child’s academic studies very seriously because they determine their future career and occupation, however; Willy believes that appearances are more important....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Family, Son, Arthur Miller]

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Death Of A Salesman Essay

- ... As such, she represents the emotional core of the drama. Within the play write, there are several quotes that speak tirelessly about of the magnitude and meaning of each character within the play. For instance, in act 2 when Willy poses this question to Howard Wagner,” Cause what could be more satisfying than to be able to go, at the age of eighty-four, into twenty or thirty different cities, and pick up a phone, and be remembered and loved and helped by so many different people?”, he is discussing how he decided to become a salesman after meeting Dave Singleman, the mythic salesman who died the noble “Death of a Salesman” that Willy himself covets....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Tragedy, All My Sons, Drama]

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Success and "Death of a Salesman"

- What makes you successful in Life. Is it being well liked or highly thought of or being a high school star. I think being successful is achieving goals that you have set throughout your life. It is not lying and stealing but being honest and hard working throughout your life. Throughout the play, I would like to mention four characters that were important in my mind; Willy Loman, Linda, Biff, and Happy. Willy is the main character who is an older salesperson who is lost in false hopes and illusions, a man who dreams of an easy success and wealth, but throughout his life, never achieves much....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Aurthur Miller, career, ]

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Joseph Miller 's Death Of A Salesman

- ... Also, Willy believes that success is achieved by being well-liked: “Be liked and you will never want” (Miller 33). This is the image Willy wants to teach to his sons. However, no matter how important it is to be well-liked and known in the business world, Willy forgets to take into account the importance of hard-working (Amiro). By doing so, he heads himself, and therefore his sons, to their loss. A simple comparison can be made between Biff and Bernard to illustrate this point. In High School, Biff failed his mathematics class....   [tags: Suicide, Suicide methods, Death of a Salesman]

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Willy Lowman’s Tragic Misinterpretation of the American Dream in Death of a Salesman

- Barack Obama made history by being elected President of the United States, twice. This is just one more example that the American Dream is without a doubt achievable. Its pursuit is not easy; it requires undeniable hard work, modesty and optimism. Armed with these characteristics, seekers of this lifestyle will undeniably succeed. Success, though, is an interesting concept, for it can entail many superficial qualities. Willy Loman, the tragic hero of the play Death of a Salesman, sees only the superficial qualities of this dream....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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Willy's Inability to Adapt to Modern Society in Death of a Salesman

- Willy Loman is an old salesman (63 years old) who is no longer able to earn a living. He receives only a small commission as he ages, and he slowly loses his mind and attempts to kill himself by inhaling gas from the water heater or from crashing his Studebaker. Dave Singleman is his role model, he wants to become well liked and rich. He spends most of his time dreaming instead of doing anything to improve his life. He is obsessed with the post-war interpretation of the American Dream. In the end, he kills himself by crashing his car, hoping to get the life insurance money for his family....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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Comparing the Plays, A Raisin in the Sun and Death of a Salesman

- In history there have been an uncountable amount of plays made, but there have only been two that fully captured the American dream like A Raisin in the sun and Death of a Salesman. In both plays the protagonist is trying to achieve the American dream, but it is near impossible when neither of them has the respect of their superiors or the people around them. It is amazing that two different plays can so closely parallel each other when they have a time gap of over 10 years. Both Miller and Lorraine created a theme of achieving goals, Willy Loman just wanted to earn the respect of the people around him while Walter Younger wanted to get rich quick and support his family....   [tags: A Raisin in the Sun, Death of a Salesman]

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The Myth of the American Dream Exposed in Death of a Salesman

- Miller's work on “Death of a Salesman” is an example piece of work furthering the social protest involving totalitarianism and the American Dream. Throughout the piece, Miller uses his voice of conscience and passion for the purpose of exposing the truth about the concepts. Using the perspective of Willy, a fictional, working class citizen, Miller picks apart the myth of the American Dream, exploring topics such as abandonment, betrayal, family dynamics, and using interesting symbolism along the way....   [tags: Essays on Death of a Salesman]

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The Struggles of the Worn Out Arthur Miller's "Death of A Salesman"

- From the time Arthur Miller began writing plays, till his recent death in 2005, he had never had such a well know play as Death of a Salesman. This play was first performed in the late 1940’s. It reveals the struggle of an old, worn out, salesman who is upset with the life that he has created. With the strain of his past mistakes lurking in the back of his mind, Willy cannot handle the stress and begins to have hallucinations of the past about the things he could have changed. 1.) Towards the end of Willy’s life he is beginning to realizing all the destruction not only of himself, but of his family, marriage, and job....   [tags: Arthur Miller, Death of A Salesman, ]

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Arthur Miller 's Death Of A Salesman

- ... He loves Biff more so than any other character. Despite this relationship Biff wants little to do with Willy or the type of life his father tries to bind him to. Biff is the one son not following in the footsteps behind and towards Willy 's dream. It is that unwillingness and hate that drives Willy Loman suicidal. A good reason for those actions is explained in a flashback to new england, where through a surprise visit Biff catches his father with another woman and ultimately feels betrayed and lied to; forever possessing that life changing scar....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller, Tragedy, Drama]

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Miller's Critique of American Society in "Death of a Salesman"

- In Death of a Salesman Miller offers a critique of American society. What is this critique and how is it conveyed to the audience. In Death of a Salesman Miller explores and exposes modern American society in a brutal and scathing manner. His analysis and critique is conveyed clearly to the audience concluding that society is based on a corrupt and immoral capitalist dream. Miller implies this through the Loman family and their struggle to survive and compete. Techniques Miller employs to illustrate this are symbolism, characters and structure....   [tags: Death of a Salesman, Aurthur Miller, USA,]

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Personality and Achievement in the Plays Death of a Salesman and Fences

- The characters Willy and Troy, from the plays “Death of a Salesman” and Fences,” share several qualities of personality and achievements. They are both fathers nearly at the twilight of their lives, suffering the consequences of decisions they made when they were younger. These men have worked for their whole lives to make money, as opposed to doing something for which they have passion. Willy and Troy spent their lives trying to achieve stability with money, only to come up with lives that constantly strive for payday, and families that begin to emulate their behaviors....   [tags: Plays, theater, Death of a Salesman, Fences]

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The American Dream in Death of a Salesman

- "The American Dream" is based on the 'Declaration of Independence´: 'We believe that all men are born with these inalienable rights - life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.´ (Thomas Jefferson, 1776). This 'dream´ consists of a genuine and determined belief that in America, all things are possible to all men, regardless of birth or wealth; you work hard enough you will achieve anything. However, Miller says people have been 'ultimately misguided´. The origins of the American Dream seem to have been rooted in the pioneering mentality of the 18th and 19th century immigrants, most of whom came to America because of a promise of a new and better life....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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Death of a Salesman - A Modern Day Tragedy

- Death of a Salesman - A Modern Day Tragedy The question which arises within Death of a Salesman is, 'Is this a modern Tragedy?' A tragic play can be commonly observed when a protagonist falls from a great height. His decline is not about immediate death, although in most cases death becomes apparent at the end of the play, e.g. Macbeth. A tragedy shows the suffering of a character and utter compulsion of him if he does not succeed to reach his dream. These plays show the blissful release from intolerable suffering this character feels....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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The American Dream Conspiracy in Death of a Salesman

- Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman tells the story of the failure of a salesman, Willy Loman. Although not all Americans are salesmen, most of us share Willy’s dream of success. We are all partners in the American Dream and parties to the conspiracy of silence surrounding the fact that failures must outnumber successes.(Samantaray, 2014) Miller amalgamates the archetypal tragic hero with the mundane American citizen. The result is the anti-hero, Willy Loman. He is a simple salesman who constantly aspires to become 'great'....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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A Psychological Reading of Death of A Salesman

- A Psychological Reading of Death of A Salesman       Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman can be seen as an eulogy of a dreamer, which depicts one man's tragic life and death as he tries to bring his family into grace.   Miller does, however, also uses this play to express underlying themes and ideas.  Reading Death of a Salesman from the starting point of a Marxist results in the perception that miller uses his play as a means to demonstrate the effects of a changing capitalist society....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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The Importance of the Requiem in Death of a Salesman

- The Importance of the Requiem in Death of a Salesman       In the play, Death of a Salesman, the final chapter is titled "Requiem" instead of "Epilogue".   The definition of Requiem in' The concise Oxford dictionary' is a special Mass for repose of souls of the dead'. The Requiem serves as a tribute to Willy Loman. Sympathy is evoked and reasons for his behavior are given. Charley gives the central speech-' Nobody dast blame this man. A salesman has got to dream, boy. It comes with the territory.' Any blame or anger at Willy is counteracted....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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The Shattered Dream in Death of a Salesman

- The Shattered Dream in Death of a Salesman          In America, anyone with some drive, some talent, and half a brain can be a success.  Or so Willy Loman believes.  Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman tells the story of a man who seems predestined for failure, though he tries his best to succeed. Willy Loman is a symbol for the common man who tries and tries and tries, but is somehow unable to attain the "American Dream" of status and success.              Miller combines the archetypal tragic hero with the common American citizen....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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The Tragedy of EveryMan in Death of a Salesman

- The Tragedy of EveryMan in Death of a Salesman      "Will you take that phony dream and burn it before something happens?" "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 ... Attention, attention, must be finally paid to such a person." from Death of a Salesman   Only in America. The American Dream....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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The Power of Love in Death of a Salesman

- The Power of Love in Death of a Salesman    Love is one of the most confusing emotions that one can experience. It is simple yet complicated, unconditional but demanding, overused and unique. It is hard to explain what its means to feel love, to feel loved, or to be in love, however, there are aspects of love that are easily expressed. For example, ones unquestionable affection to the one they love, or the hardships and sacrifice that is endured for loved ones, and the underlying fact that once it is experienced it is not easily dismissed....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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Impact of Isolation in Death of a Salesman

- Impact of Isolation in Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman is the story of a man, Willy Loman, gone deaf to the outside world. Though many try to help him, he shuts them out and creates his own reality in which he is successful and loved by everyone. In Death of a Salesman, Willy has many influences both good and bad attempting to direct his life; it is his refusal to choose the helpful advice that will ultimately lead to his downfall....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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Use of Symbolism in Death of a Salesman

-   Arthur Miller is recognized as an important and influential playwright, not to mention essayist and novelist. Although he has had plenty of luck in his writing career, his fame is the product of his ingenious ability to control what he wants his readers to picture or feel. As one of his critics states, "Miller writes ingeniously, conveying the message that 'if the proper study of mankind is man, man's inescapable problem is himself (Broussard, 306).'" Miller accurately puts into words what every person thinks, feels, or worries about, but often has trouble expressing....   [tags: Death of a Salesman Essays]

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Death of A Salesman as a Modern Tragedy

- Death of A Salesman as a Modern Tragedy      It has been stated that the audience needs to have mixed feelings about the destruction of a human being for a play to be a tragedy. To establish Death of A Salesman as a tragedy, we must demonstrate that not only does the audience feel sadness due to Willy’s demise, but also they feel that justice has been exacted on Willy for his behavior. As this is the case I will first examine the reasons why the audience feels sadness for Willy, and then go on to see why it is that the audience also feels that Willy deserves the punishment which fate hands him....   [tags: Death Salesman loman ]

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The Automobile in Death of a Salesman

- The Automobile in Death of a Salesman        In modern society, most Americans own an automobile. In the wealthier households, a family of four may own as many as three to four automobiles, one for each driver living in the house. However, the automobile has not always been a staple of living in America.  In the 1940s, a family with an automobile was considered well-to-do, as well as wealthy and hard-working.  It is during this time period that Arthur Miller’s play, Death of a Salesman, is set....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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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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Symbols and Journey Used in Ellison's Book "Invisible Man" and Miller's "Death of a Salesman"

- In the book Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison and the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller the two writers use various symbols to develop the American Literature Theme of The Journey. Two important symbols Ellison uses in Invisible Man are dreams and the narrator’s briefcase. Two important symbols in Death of a Salesman are diamonds and the car. Ellison and Miller use these symbols to take their characters through their life’s journey, whether physical or metaphorical. The portentous dream the narrator has in the beginning of Invisible Man foreshadows his whole journey throughout the book....   [tags: invisible man, death of a salesman]

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Death Of A Salesman Annotated Bibliography

- Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" reflects the numerous issues post-war United States was dealing with during the late 1940's when it was written. Death of a Salesman was written and published in 1949, when the United States was booming with new economic capabilities and new found power, resulting in a golden age regardless of the growing tensions of the threat of communist invasion. Racial violence and the escalating issues regarding the deluded American dream that was turning out to be quite different than that which our founding fathers had originally idealized....   [tags: Miller Death Salesman]

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Arthur Miller's Portrayal of Willy in "Death of a Salesman"

- The play opens with a description of the house. Which shows the house and Willy starting of as a failure, he fails by cheating on his wife and not respecting his friends. “Towering angular shapes behind it, surrounding it on all sides” This shows at the beginning that Willy is going to be a failure as his house is old and is small compared to the others and they all lean over the old crooked building making it look small worthless and untidy. Which shows he has no money to buy a big house that leans over the others, and as a salesman you would have thought that he would have had a lot of money as he is a working salesman....   [tags: Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman,]

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Dehumanization in Death of a Salesman

- Dehumanization in Death of a Salesman      Alienation and loneliness are two of the frequently explored themes in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman.  Yet they can also cause other effects which are just as harmful, if not more so.  In Death of a Salesman, two of these other results are dehumanization and a loss of individual freedom.  This is a very complex web of emotions, but as Miller said, “Death of a Salesman is not, of course, in the realistic tradition, having broken out into quite a new synthesis of psychological and social dimensions” (Eight vii).  It did indeed “break out” in the modernist direction.  It is a wonderful example of the way modernist writers expressed their belie...   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

- Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Many times while reading modern literature you will hear reference to the “American Dream”. What the various authors and or readers must decide is whether or not this is a true goal. There are many arguments that state that the “American Dream” is a figment of imagination. There are others that believe this is an attainable goal. One of the discussions that is held is what the true definition of the “American Dream” is. There are beliefs that think money and power are the ideal things to strive for....   [tags: Arthur Miller Death Salesman]

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Death of a Salesman: Tragic but Not a Tragedy

- Death of a Salesman: Tragic but Not a Tragedy Though a more modern version of tragedy in its’ classical sense, Death of a Salesman in many ways is very much like an ancient Greek play. In his ‘Poetics’ Aristotle tries to set out the common ideas throughout tragedy, attempting to demystify the necessary elements for such plays. One of his main ideas was that of the ‘Three Unities’ - that of Space, that of Time and that of Action. He stated that all the action of a tragedy must occur in the place, which was often the front of a palace, which allowed the poet to have many characters coming and going, and allowed random meetings to occur easily, rather than having to ‘explain’ the reaso...   [tags: Death Salesman Arthur Miller 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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The Mistress in Death of a Salesman

- The Mistress in Death of a Salesman The mistress, sultry yet sophisticated, played a larger part in the play, Death of A Salesman, than most would imagine. While she does not make an appearance in the play, she does appear in Willy’s remembered time. During his daydreams, she is referred to as “the woman”. The woman in Death of A Salesman never appears in the play, but has a noteworthy presence because she affects the action, theme, and the development of other characters. As an outcome of having a mistress, Willy’s fragile ego is boosted....   [tags: Death of a Salesman Mistress Characters Essays]

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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

- Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman was written after the second World War while the American economy was booming. Society was becoming very materialistic, and the idea that anyone could “make it” in America was popular. These societal beliefs play a large part in Death of a Salesman, a play in which the main character, Willy Loman, spends a lifetime chasing after the American Dream. Willy was sold on the wrong dream. He was enamored with a myth of American ideals and chose to put aside his real talents in pursuit of a fantasy....   [tags: Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller Essays]

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Death of Salesman by Arthur Miller

- Death of Salesman by Arthur Miller The Requiem seems to simply conclude the play at the funeral and let us see the other character's view of events with some retrospect. However, with closer scrutiny, we see that old issues and resentments are still very prevalent. The Requiem can be split into two halves. The first half sees Charley, Biff, Linda and Happy over Willy's grave. Each character is unique in their perspective at this point, reflecting Willy's own change of perspective towards the end of play and reminding us of several themes in the text....   [tags: Death Salesman Arthur Miller Essays]

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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 Material happiness provides the ambition behind seeking the "Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman ." In Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Willy Loman's determination to live up to his "American Dream" and to seek material happiness only takes his life. What is the "American Dream". The "American Dream" cannot be defined. I know that my "American Dream" consists of a Porsche, a large house, and a happy family. Willy Loman's definition does not differ greatly from mine although while trying to pursue this dream, Willy's mind slowly drifted further and further away from reality....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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Theme of Success in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

- Theme of Success in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman One of the important themes in Death of a Salesman is the nature of success. Many people believe that success is about making a lot of money. They say that with money comes happiness. However this may not always be true. In other words success is defined as the accomplishment of something that was desired. Furthermore it is about being happy, proud and secure about yourself. Although true success originates from the heart, achieving it requires hard work and determination.  In Death of a Salesman, the characters that are successful are Dave Singleman, Ben and Bernard....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman as Social Commentary

- Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman as Social Commentary Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman portrays the Loman's and all the family conflicts they faced.  It's also apparent on a bigger scale that this play is a social commentary.  It touches all the problems brought on by wealth and success in our culture.  Death of a Salesman is more effective as a reflection of society and the problems it faces than as a depiction of family conflicts.     The play showed how Willy Loman's longing to be successful controlled his life and ruined his family.  Willy also represents a large piece of society.  He portrays the people in our culture that base their lives on acquiring money.  Greed for...   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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Failure of the American Dream in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

- Failure of the American Dream in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman   In Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller "forces the reader to deal with the failure of the American Dream"(Field 2367) and the effect it had on the Loman family, how it ruins the life of Willy, and destroys Biff’s life as well.  By focusing on serious problems that the reader can relate to, Arthur Miller connects us with the characters facing these life-altering crisis.              To Willy Loman success is defined as being a well-liked businessman.  As Willy grew up, his American Dream was to be able to “pick up his phone and call the buyers, and without ever leaving his room, at the age of eighty-four, make his livi...   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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The Jagged Edges of a Shattered Dream in Death of a Salesman

- Exploring the Jagged Edges of a Shattered Dream in Death of a Salesman     Death of a Salesman tells the story of a man confronting failure in a success-driven society. Willy Loman represents all American men that have striven for success but, instead, have reaped failure in its most bitter form. Arthur Miller's tragic drama is a probing portrait of the typical American male psyche portraying an extreme craving for success and superior status. Death of Salesman follows the decline of a man into lunacy and the subsequent effect this has on those around him, particularly his family....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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The Jagged Edges of a Shattered American Dream in Death of a Salesman

- The American dream is an ideal for all Americans to get the best out of life. It stands for an easy and comfortable life, which makes you independent and your own boss. Historically, the American dream meant a promise of freedom and opportunity, offering the chance of riches even to those who start with nothing. This is something that Arthur Miller conveys in his play Death of a Salesman. Before the Depression, an optimistic America offered the alluring promise of success and riches....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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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 Within the tragic play, Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman destroys himself trying to achieve a dream. Yet, the dream that destroys Willy is not one that he has chosen. Willy Loman does not choose this destructive dream because he does not know himself, Willy Loman does not choose a dream at all, one is forced upon him by society. Willy Loman spends the expanse of the play trying to achieve wealth, fame, and the like of others. These ideas epitomize the American Dream, to become a successful, well-liked businessman....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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A Foolish American Dream in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

- A Foolish American Dream in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman       Willy Loman is responsible for his own downfall.  Willy finds his own hero and tries to become the hero in his own existence.  Willy tries to become a very successful businessman, at the start of his career he thinks that no one can tell him what to.  Willy is not good with people, he is good with his hands, he is not a good salesman and he chooses the wrong career.  Willy often makes up stories or changes the stories he knows because he cannot face the truth of his life that he has not accomplished as much as he has planned.  Willy's downfall is his own doing which is brought about by his unrealist...   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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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 Death of a Salesman is centered around one man trying to reach the American dream and taking his family along for the ride. The Loman's lives from beginning to end is a troubling story based on trying to become successful, or at least happy. Throughout their lives they encounter many problems and the end result is a tragic death caused by stupidity and the need to succeed. During his life Willy Loman caused his wife great pain by living a life not realizing what he could and couldn't do....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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- Death Of A Salesman: Four Characters The play "Death Of A Salesman" , the brainchild of Arthur Miller was transformed and fitted to the movie screen in the year 1986. The play itself is set in the house of Willy Loman, and tells the melancholy story of a salesman whom is in deep financial trouble, and the only remedy for the situation is to commit suicide. In the stage production of this tale, the specific lighting, set, and musical designs really give the story a strong undertow of depression....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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

- Prosperity, job security, hard work and family union are some of the concepts that involves the American Dream, generally speaking. Some people think this dream is something automatically granted; or in contrast, as in the story “Death of a Salesman” written by Arthur Miller, as something that has to be achieved in order to be successful in life. The play takes issues with those in America who place to much stress on material gain, instead of more admirable values. American society is exemplified with Miller’s work and demonstrates how a dream could turn into a nightmare....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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Popularity, Physical Appearance, and the American Dream in Death of a Salesman

- Popularity, Physical Appearance, and the American Dream in Death of a Salesman For most, the American Dream is a sure fire shot at true happiness.  It represents hope for a successful, fortune-filled future.  Though most agree on the meaning of the American Dream, few follow the same path to achieving it.  For struggling salesman Willy Loman, achieving this dream would mean a completely fulfilled existence.  Unfortunately, Willy's simplistic ideas on how to accomplish his goal are what ultimately prevent him from reaching it....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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Failure in a Success Oriented Society in Death of a Salesman

- Failure in a Success Oriented Society in Death of a Salesman   In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, the playwright focuses on the theme of failure in a success oriented society. Willy Lowman, a failed salesman, is the central character. Willy’s downfall is caused by his belief in the propaganda of a society that only has room for winners. The significance of this theme, still very relevant today, is heightened by Miller's skilful use of a range of key techniques, including setting, characterization and symbolism....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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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 The American Dream ~ for many, it is the unlocked door that leads to happiness.  It is the hope for a future filled with success and fortune.  Although most people have a similar idea of what the American Dream is, they may have different ideas on how to achieve it.  For Willy Loman, a struggling salesman, achieving this dream would be a major accomplishment.  Unfortunately, his unusual ideas of how this dream can be achieved prevent him from reaching his goal.              Out of all of Willy’s unusual ideas, one major pattern we can notice is how Willy truly believes that popularity and physical appearance are what make people...   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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Popularity, Physical Appearance, and the American Dream in Death of a Salesman

- For many, the “American Dream” is the hope for a future filled with success and fortune.  Although many may share the idea of the American Dream, each person has a different perception of what is necessary to achieve this goal.  Willy Loman, the lead character of Miller’s play, Death of a Salesman, believes that popularity and physical appearance are the keys that unlock the door to the “American Dream”.             We are first introduced to the importance of popularity and physical appearance when Willy is speaking to his wife, Linda, about their son Biff.  “Biff Loman is lost,” says Willy.  “In the greatest country in the world, a young man with such personal attractiveness gets lost.”  I...   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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Search for the American Dream in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

- Search for the American Dream in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman What is the American Dream. Some believe in the nineteen fifties ideal created through television. Successful children, perfect families, and a happy stay-at-home mother are all associated with this version. Yet, everyone knows that the children are not always successful, there are family fights, and not every mother can be at home and happy. Many families have lifelong searches for the ideal American Dreams and never find one....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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Understanding Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

- Understanding Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman In order to really understand Willy Loman, from Arthur Miller’s play Death Of A Salesman, the reader must analyze the way his character is developed.  Studying his thoughts, actions, how he relates to other characters and how other characters relate to him enables the reader to come to an understanding of the world in which Willy lives.             Although Willy sometimes has flashbacks, examining them, as well as his thoughts, helps the reader to understand and relate to him better.  Willy had very high, but unrealistic expectations for his boys, especially Biff; he thought that they would be guaranteed success.  This is i...   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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Imperfect Society Depicted in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

- Imperfect Society Depicted in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman  Advancements in science throughout this century have led to tremendous advancements in industry.  Advancements in industry, however, have not always led to advancements in living.  For some, society has created mass wealth and enabled a standard of living unparalleled throughout history.  For Willy Loman, society has created only tremendous grief and hardship, aggravated by the endless promise of the good times to come.  For these reasons, Willy’s tragedy is due more to societies flaws than to the numerous flaws in his own character....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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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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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

- The objectives of this written task were to show how Willy’s family (Linda, Biff and Happy) viewed his death and his achievements. I also attempted to illustrate their individual relationships with Willy. I chose to use the format of a formal police report as it allows all three characters to express their views of Willy freely. Emotions were adjusted to the minimum since this is a police report, except for the case of Linda whom I consider would be too weak at that point to control herself. Their stories do not correspond exactly because some are trying to hide the facts....   [tags: Arthur Miller Death Salesman]

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Attention Must Be Paid to Death of a Salesman

- Attention Must Be Paid to Death of a Salesman        When Arthur Miller wrote "Death of a Salesman" many considered it a modern masterpiece. It has spurred debate among academics and stirred the emotions of hundreds of thousands of audiences and readers alike. However, there is a growing trend among many who approach this play to condemn Willy Loman out of hand. Entire new generations of readers feel nothing for the plight of Willy Loman; they believe his actions merit his destruction. Why is this....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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Realism in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

- Realism in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Realism may be defined as an attempt to reproduce the surface appearance of the life of normal people in everyday situations (Kennedy 1410). Basically realism is a situation that normal people can relate to based on their own experiences. Realism is extremely prevalent in the play Death of a Salesman. The characters in the play have real world problems. Lack of money is one of the problems, which is a problem for many people. There are also many conflicts within the family; related to each characters definition of success....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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Evaluation of Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

- Evaluation of Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller The play was written by Arthur Miller who was born in Manhattan in 1915 by Jewish immigrant parents. He witnessed the depression and the failing of his fathers businesses. He went to college at the University of Michigan well he wrote and worked with plays. He wrote Death of a Salesman in 1948 in a small Connecticut studio. The play took place in the great depression where a struggling business man tried to provide for his family. He has been working for years and is becoming very tired and crazy....   [tags: Death Salesman Miller]

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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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The Character of Uncle Ben in Death of a Salesman

- The Character of Uncle Ben in Death of a Salesman The character of Ben in Arthur Miller's Death of A Salesman serves a complex dramatic function.  He is Willy Loman's real brother, the idealized memory of that brother, and an aspect of Willy's own personality, and these distinct functions are sometimes simultaneous.  Through his aggressive actions and vibrant speech, the audience is given a strong contrast to Willy's self-doubt and self-contradiction.  In addition, the encounters between Ben and Willy serve as an extended examination of professional and familial morality.  Finally, Ben personifies the burden of Willy's expectations in regards to both material success and the proper role o...   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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The Narcissistic Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman

- The Narcissistic Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman   Many dilemmas throughout the recent decades are repercussions of an individual's foibles. Arthur Miller represents this problem in society within the actions of Willy Loman in his modern play Death of a Salesman. In this controversial play, Willy is a despicable hero who imposes his false value system upon his family and himself because of his own rueful nature, which is akin to an everyman. This personality was described by Arthur Miller himself who "Believe[s] that the common man is as apt a subject for a tragedy in its highest sense as kings were" (Tragedy 1)....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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Willy as Pathetic Hero in Death of a Salesman

- Wily as Pathetic Hero in Death of a Salesman         Arthur Miller succeeds in demonstrating incredibly well in Death of a Salesman that not only is tragic heroism still possible in the modern world, but that it is also an affliction to which both king and commoner are equally susceptible.  However, Wily Loman is not a tragic hero because he is pathetic, not heroic, in his personal "tragedy" that comes from his inability to admit his mistakes and learn from them.  Instead, he fits Miller's description of pathos and the pathetic character, one who "by virtue of his witlessness, his insensitivity, or the very air he gives off, [is] incapable of grappling with a much superior force," (Miller...   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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Dangers Behavior Exposed in Death of a Salesman

- Dangers Behavior Exposed in Death of a Salesman      Everyone has personal problems that they must face. In the play, Death of a Salesman, the author, Arthur Miller, explores the ways in which some people deal with these problems. Miller reveals Willy Lowman’s tendency to ignore problems as long as possible.  Willy never really does anything to help his situation; he just uses flashbacks to escape into the past.   Through his flashbacks he returns to happier times when problems were scarce. He uses this escape mechanism as if it were a harmless drug that allowed him to cope with living....   [tags: Death Salesman essays]

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Symbolism in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

- Symbolism in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller’s play, Death of a Salesman is wrought with symbolism from the opening scene. Many symbols illustrate the 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. When Willy and Linda purchased their home in Brooklyn, it seemed far removed form the city....   [tags: Death Salesman essays Miller]

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