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

- American Dream is supposed to be powered by fair ambition and driven by hopes and aspiration. This plain but revolutionary notion led to so many successes yet so many downfalls. As the American Dream has become misunderstood overtime, it seems so difficult to realize what is the true idea of American Dream that is so much more meaningful than just desire. In “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller, Willy’s American Dream is an endless pursuit of money and fame without proper effort. Willy’s pursuit of fortune is different from others....   [tags: success, fame, fortune]

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The American Dream in "Death of a Salesman" and "Seize the Day"

- In today’s society the term “American Dream” is perceived as being successful and usually that’s associated with being rich or financially sound. People follow this idea their entire life and usually never stop to think if they are happy on this road to success. Most will live through thick and thin with this idealization of the “American Dream” usually leading to unhappiness, depression and even suicide. The individual is confused by society’s portrayal of the individuals who have supposedly reached the nirvana of the “American Dream”....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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Linda as an Anabler in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

- There are many examples throughout the play: Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller that reveals that Linda is the classic enabler who indirectly causes the dysfunction in the Loman household. Willy has problems with his memory, but Linda is always making excuses for Willy’s many mistakes. Making those kinds of excuses for someone’s mistakes is just as bad as the mistake itself. She could have tried and helped Willy get better, but instead she just brushed everything off and made it look like Willy’s behavior was normal....   [tags: mistakes, excuses, dysfunction]

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

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

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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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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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Death Of A Salesman 10

- Death of a Salesman was a powerful play, written by Arthur Miller, which was produced in 1949. He establishes a serious tone towards his subject. Also, Miller sets an ambiguous attitude towards the audience. Miller established a very serious tone about the relationship between the father, Willy, and his son, Biff. Miller feels that a father should always be loved. However, Willy has filled his son with false values, emphasizing flashy success and personal popularity, like being star quarterback for his football team, at the cost of real effort and personal integrity, like when Biff flunked his math exam....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Death Of A Salesman- Overview

- Death of a Salesman Crazy Willy Willy Loman is one of the most tragic heroes in American drama today. He has a problem differentiating reality from fantasy. No one has a perfect life. Everyone has conflicts that they must face sooner or later. The ways in which people deal with these personal conflicts can differ as much as the people themselves. Some insist on ignoring the problem as long as possible, while some attack the problem to get it out of the way. In the case of Willy in Arthur Miller&#8217;s, Death of a Salesman, the way he deals with his life as a general failure leads to very severe consequences....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Importance of A Dream in Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller

- To have a fulfilling life, one must have a dream. However, with the wrong dream, even a fulfilling life is not a happy one. For example in the play, Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, the protagonist, Willy Loman, dreams of becoming a respected and successful salesman. However, Willy Loman dreams the wrong dream and as a result its leads to his tragic demise. This is evident through Willy’s dream being unrealistic, Biff's troubles due to Willy instilling his dream into him, Willy's pride resulting from his dream, and the illusion that Willy’s dream creates....   [tags: illusion, willy, wrong dream]

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Is Willy Loman a Tragic Hero in "Death of Salesman

- Willy Loman’s character in Death of a Salesman portrays him as a tragic hero. Willy Loman continued to want his recognition and his reputation but never forgets about his family. These characteristics describe him as a tragic hero in Death of a Salesman. Willy Loman’s tragic flow leads him to purse the idea that reputation in society has more relevancies in life than knowledge and education to survive in the business. His grand error of wanting recognition drove him crazy and insane and lead to his tragic death....   [tags: Arthur Miller, literary analysis]

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American Dream Derailed in The Great Gatsby and Death of a Salesman

- The American dream originated when immigrants came to America searching for new opportunities and a better life. In the early 1900’s all people could do is dream; however, those dreams gave many different meanings to the phrase “American dream”, and for the most part, wealth and hard work play a very large role in the pursuit of “the dream”. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, and Arthur Miller’s drama, Death of a Salesman, both protagonists, Jay Gatsby and Willy Loman, are convinced that the way to achieve a better life is by living the “American dream”....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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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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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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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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Sorrowful Events in a Tragedy in Oedipus the King and Death of a Salesman

- The Dictionary defines a tragedy as “any literary composition, as a novel, dealing with a somber theme carried to a tragic conclusion”. I would have to expand to say that I believe a tragedy is more of a dignified style of writing that seriously expresses sorrowful or terrible events as they relate to the sometimes heroic individual (the protagonist) of a story. Tragedy as a whole seems to probe the role of mankind in the universe. It plays to the questions of humanity, such as will mankind forever be torn between the forces of good and evil....   [tags: suffer, relatiotioship, somber theme]

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The American Dream in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

- Many people dream of the American dream. To have a big house, two kids and a picket fence. In Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman every character uses lies and deceit as a way to escape reality. With this said, it is only Biff’s character that is dynamic, realizing the error of his ways. Constantly, each character escapes their problems with deceit. Even Biff remains in this state of falsehood, until he reaches his epiphany. The main character Willy Loman, is constantly fooling himself into believing that he is a huge success....   [tags: willy loman, deceit]

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

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

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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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The American Dream in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

- The struggle for financial security and success has always been prominent in the American culture. The idea of the American dream captures the hearts of so many, yet leaves almost all of them enslaved in the endless economic struggle to achieve high status, wealth, and a house with a white picket fence. In Arthur Miller's, Death of a Salesman, we see how difficult it is for Willy Loman and his sons to achieve this so called American dream. In Lorraine Hansberry's, A Raisin in the Sun, she examines an African-American family's struggle to break out of the poverty that is preventing them from achieving some sort of financial stability, or in other words the American dream....   [tags: financial security, american culture]

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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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Death of a Salesman: An Ending More Familiar Than Strange

- Arthur Miller (1915-2005) born in Manhattan, but lived in Brooklyn when he was a teenager. He lived with his father during, the depression. This play “ Death of a salesman” makes me think that growing up in such an eventful time has a lot to do with how the elements of his drama revolves around life. His drama portrays the gloom and the sadness with some happy moments. Life brings out the elements, where the author stages the event and the characters play them out. The drama of this play includes several elements such as plot, characters, dialogue, stage setting, and theme....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]

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Good looking and Popularity in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

- Nowadays, people are concentrating more and more on good looks and likeability because it gives them confidence, and often, these traits come with money and power. In Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller portrays the life of a salesman, Willy, who values the superficial quality of likeability and attractiveness over learning. He is obsessed with the idea of being well-liked which ultimately takes him nowhere. His son unfortunately follows that principle and ends up with an unhappy life. Many events that happen in this play reflect on a principle that being popular is not the only thing one needs to have in order to gain respect and be successful in life....   [tags: confidence, complaint, power]

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Willy's Obsession with the American Dream in Death of a Salesman

- In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman we see the negative effect of having an absent parent. The main character Willy Loman is a salesman who constantly struggles with trying to be what he considers “successful,” and “well liked.” He has two sons Biff and Happy and is married to Linda. Willy also struggles between illusion and reality; he has trouble defining and distinguishing the past from the present. Between his financial struggles and not feeling like he accomplished anything, he commits suicide....   [tags: Arthur Miller, Literary Analysis]

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The American Dream in Death of a Salesman and The Great Gatsby

- Since Columbus made land, people have been searching for the “American Dream”. Many people have their own idea and ideas that have changed over a period of time, but what exactly is the “American Dream” defined as .Origins of the dream have been rooted in the pioneering mentality of the eighteenth and nineteenth century immigrants, most who came to America because of a promise for a new and better life. The American Dream was sought through hard work and determination. After the time of the World Wars, society changed and so did the view of the “American Dream”, it changed from a potential reality into being a dream....   [tags: The Great Gatsby]

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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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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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Death of a Salesman

- Samuel Adams was born on September 27, 1722, Boston, Massachusetts Samuel Adams was a son to a merchant who sold things in Boston. When he graduated from Harvard College in 1740, his ideas about a useful career were not many : he did not want to become a brewer, fate (or ill luck) forced Adams into the brewery; he operated his father's malt house for a livelihood but not as a dedicated businessman, and the idea of working a Church didn’t interest Samuel Adams much either. Adams was not a good merchant like his father and didn’t like the idea of becoming one....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Thornton Wilder's Our Town

- Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Thornton Wilder's Our Town      In the road of life, the right path may not always be where the road signs lead. The road to self-discovery is found by following one’s heart and mind and to wherever they may lead them. Within the plays Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, and Our Town by Thornton Wilder, parallel pathways and contrary connections can be established between the characters coinciding in both. In Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman is the portrait of a sixty year old man reflecting upon his past, one of lies and hopelessness....   [tags: Salesman Miller Wilder Town Essays]

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Respect in a Scene from Death of a Salesman

- In every book there is a scene, one specific scene that the whole entire story can relate to. In The Death of a Salesman, Willy talks about a salesman, Dave Singleman who was well known and respected. Dave was a true salesman and Willy wanted that not only for himself but also for his son, Biff. Therefore he tried whatever he could to try and lead a life based on Dave. This scene portrays the respect that one person could have and the reflection and inheritance from one person to another. Willy Loman is an aged salesman who has found a fork in the road....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Comparison of Oedipus the King and Death of a Salesman

- The elements of a play are setting, irony, plot, characters, and theme, which will be discussed in the essay. Oedipus the King opens in a Greek amphitheatre depicting the front of a Theban palace. Throughout the play, the setting remains constant. This changes to a more fast-paced play with different settings in different places in Death of a Salesman. Dramatic irony in Oedipus the King is evident throughout, which is similar to the latter play, but in a different form. In here, the irony is evident....   [tags: compare contrast]

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Death of a Salesman, an Exploration of Major Themes

- Death of a Salesman deals with many timeless issues. Though these issues are portrayed through the story of Willy Loman in the nineteen forties or fifties, their presence in today's world is still very prominent. The relationships in Death of a Salesman are riddled with jealousy, hope, love, dreams, hate, disappointment, and many other very human emotions. The most opposite, but seemingly the strongest relationship in the play seems to be that between Willy and his wife Linda. His wife seems to accept him for who he is despite all his flaws....   [tags: Free Essays]

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Criticism of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

- Criticism of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman I found Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, while a definite classic, not as interesting as other Miller plays. For example, ‘All my Sons' is a story about an unscrupulous businessman who lies in court to save himself from certain imprisonment, sends his business partner to prison, and eventually commits suicide once one of his sons uncovers his devious plot. The intrigue, excitement, and setting were easy to follow, enjoyable and riveting. Conversely, I found Death of a Salesman to be slow at times (particularly the first act), difficult to follow (i.e., when Willy Loman was thinking to himself or reminiscing from memory), and overall les...   [tags: Papers]

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Death Of A Salesman: Illusion In An American Tragedy

- When the realities of life become too harsh, humankind has a natural tendency to choose the most convenient solution to his problem: illusion. They build dreams and fantasies to conceal the more difficult truths of their lives. In his play Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller portrays the hold of such illusions on individuals and its horrible consequences. Through the overly average, overly typical Loman family, Miller shows how dreams of a better life become, as Choudhuri put it, “fantasies to the point that the difference between illusion and reality, the Loman’s dreams and the forces of society, becomes blurred” (Choudhuri 70)....   [tags: Arthur Miller]

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Comparing Death of A Salesman and The Zoo Story

- Death of A Salesman and The Zoo Story Arthur Miller's Death of A Salesman , is considered a to be one of the great masterpieces of American Literature. Comparatively, Edward Albee's, The Zoo Story, is also an incredible work of art. Miller and Albee both depict a the struggles of man in relationships. Interestingly, both plays seem to parallel each other throughout both works of literature. The Death of a Salesman tells a story of a distressed father, named Willy who struggles with his tenous relationship with his son, Biff....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Death of a Salesman - Problems with the American Dream

- Death of a Salesman - Problems with the American Dream What specific ills does Miller diagnose in the America Dream. Discuss with reference to “Death of a Salesman”. The American Dream is an idea that originated from the Pilgrim Fathers and has remained in the American society. It is the belief that America is the land of opportunity where everyone can be “great”. The word “dream” is in fact probably the best way to describe the problems that Arthur Miller can see in this belief. The word “dream” can suggest something wonderful to look forward to achieving, or, it may imply that something is only a dream, something that is impossible to achieve....   [tags: essays papers]

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Comparing The Great Santini and Death of a Salesman

- Comparing The Great Santini and Death of a Salesman Elementary school taught everyone that to compare and contrast two things, the best way to go about doing that is with a Venn diagram. Truthfully, this is an effective method, but it is quite rudimentary under the circumstances. "The Great Santini" by Pat Conroy and "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller are two books that can become victims of the dreaded Venn diagram. The two stories are accounts of the lives of two families, each living out its version of the American Dream....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Failures in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

- Failures in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller Arthur Miller develops a number of significant and central themes throughout the play using techniques such as characterization, setting and language. The best explored theme in the play is the theme of failure and disappointments. 'Death of a Salesman' is a modern day play about a salesman, Willy Loman, his life and his failures in a success driven society and world. He is a victim of "The American Dream" destroyed by false promises and ideals....   [tags: Papers]

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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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Importance of Time Lapses in Death of a Salesman

- Why does Arthur Miller use time lapses in his play “Death of a Salesman”. What was the playwright trying to tell us about Willy Loman. In this essay I will be exploring and analysing “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller. I will be looking the use of flash backs in the play that aim to emphasise that the past is always with us. Looking at the flashbacks will also help understand the character of Willy Loman. The action takes place in Willy Loman’s house and yard also in various places he visits in New York and Boston of 1949....   [tags: English Literature]

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Comparing Death of a Salesman and The American Dream

- Comparing Death of a Salesman and The American Dream     In Arthur Miller’s Death of A Salesman and Edward Albee’s The American Dream, Willy Lowman and Mommy possess the trait of superficiality. Their priorities are to look good and be liked, and this contributes to their misguided paths to reach success. This attribute is one of many societal criticisms pointed out by both authors. Arthur Miller criticizes society for perceiving success as being liked and having good looks. He illustrates society’s perception through Willy, who thinks the keys to success are being popular and attractive....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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The Death Of A Salesman: The Reality Evasion Drug

- Never does one go through their life without having to deal with some sort of personal conflict. The manner in which people deal with these conflicts vary as much as the prints on a person's finger. Some try and solve the problem and get rid of it, while others will try and put it aside for as long as possible. Willy Loman's method in Arthur Miller's play, The Death of a Salesman, is very dangerous and builds to harsh results. Willy never tries to help the circumstances, he only flees to his great memories of the better days, when his life's predicaments were very limited....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Failure of the American Dream in Death of a Salesman

-   America has long been known as a land of opportunity. Out of that thinking comes the "American Dream," the idea that anyone can ultimately achieve success, even if he or she began with nothing. In "The Death of a Salesman", Arthur Miller uses the characterization of Willy Loman to represent the failure of his ideal of the American Dream. Willy’s quest for the American Dream leads to his failure because throughout his life he pursues the illusion of the American Dream and not the reality of it....   [tags: Arthur Miller]

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The Constant Fighting of Reality in Death of a Salesman

- The Constant Fighting of Reality in Death of a Salesman The real crisis in this tragedy lies in the constant fighting of reality. The number of lies that build up on the Loman family’s shoulders, shoots pain into the heart of the reader. You keep thinking, “Quit dodging the truth Willy…Don’t get your hopes up, it’ll never work…Why are you guys avoiding all Willy’s signs that he wants to commit suicide…Why am I getting my hopes up for a plan that I know will never work for them?” One delusional dream after the other, where does it stop....   [tags: Papers]

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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 Character Development Essay

- Death of a Salesman Character Development Essay A person’s attitude is mostly what everyone around him or her will view them as. From this they can tell many things. Whether it is if the person is funny or down to earth or even irresponsible. Many times people change personalities often and they would be classified as being a dynamic type of person. A person who is doesn’t change is classified as being a static character. Willy, from Death of a Salesman written by Arthur Miller, is a static character for his inability to grasp reality, his poor parenting and his constant lying to his wife....   [tags: essays papers]

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Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman

- In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, [the protagonist] Willy Loman’s inability to live in and cope with the present ultimately destroys him. The are several constant themes and ideas throughout the play which show this. Willy’s inability to be successful according to his own standards is most problematical for him. The troublesome relationship between Willy and his family also leads to a great deal of stress. And the constants flashbacks and disillusions Willy goes through to deal with these problems bring him further from reality and destroy him....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Death Of A Salesman vs Death of a Hired Man

- Relationships come in all shapes and sizes. Everyone has at least one relationship in there relationship in there life, and if there lucky they will have more. Two pieces of literature that illustrate the theme of relationship are Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman, and Robert Frost's poem "The Death of a Hired Man". The authors use of characterization and symbolism proves the theme of relationship, among Willy and his son Biff and spouse, and Mary and her child Warren, and spouse. In the play Death of a Salesman, Willy who is the father figure in this play to his son Biff , and a husband to his wife linda....   [tags: Compare Contrast Essays]

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Death of a Traveling Salesman

- Death of a Traveling Salesman In the short story, “Death Of A Traveling Salesman,” R. J. Bowman is a successful salesman with the intention to get home after being sick and in the hospital. He faces many obstacles along the way. Even though R. J. Bowman knows that there is something missing in his life he has no desire to try and bring it into his life. He realizes he is only a salesman and that is all he will ever be. There are symbols in the story that show a shadow over Bowman’s life. Darkness is the most significant that occurs throughout the story, and light is also a significant part of the story....   [tags: Papers]

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Death of a Tragic Hero in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

- Death of a Tragic Hero in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller Since the beginning of time, man has endeavored to become something more, to grow as a society. This has been accomplished through many extremes from war and conquest to science and exploration. The struggle endured during these events has indeed been great, but there is no greater struggle, nor one that reaps more reward, than that which the individual goes through to discover himself. Benjamin Franklin once said, “There are three things that are extremely hard: steel, a diamond, and to know one’s self.” Arthur Miller capitalized on this theme in his play turned film, Death of a Salesman....   [tags: Papers]

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Analysis of Characters in "Death of a Salesman"

- Page forty-one includes conversations between Willy and Linda, and Linda and Biff. This page is split into three stages, where Willy talks to himself, Linda talks to Willy, and where Biff talks to Linda. Through their speech, the audience is able to gain an impression of the relationship between the three characters. The page begins with Ben leaving the scene, after exclaiming `God, I was rich'. Willy repeats these words, `...was rich!' He is obviously impressed by this, and continues to talking, but only to himself....   [tags: American Literature]

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Illusion in Death Of A Salesman

- What does Williams say about illusions and how are they important/dangerous to us. Tennessee Williams’ protagonist, Blanche Dubois, is a woman struggling to escape the faults of her past and secure a new life for herself. Her many mistakes have turned her life upside down and created a host of problems for her to deal with. To help her deal with the extreme direness of her existence, Blanche often creates fantasies and delusions to make her life seem more stable than it actually is. Although Blanche’s ultimate mental deterioration is partially due to her adherence to her delusions, it seems it is also these fantasies that help Blanche cope with her desperate situations....   [tags: essays research papers]

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The Theme of Money in In a Raisin in the Sun and Death of a Salesman

- The Theme of Money in In a Raisin in the Sun and Death of a Salesman A common theme in society today is that money is the key to happiness. In A Raisin in the Sun and Death of a Salesman the theme that money is the root of contentment is also present. In A Raisin in the Sun, Walter Lee has such a desire to be rich that he neglects his son and wife. Willy, in Death of a Salesman, is also very distracted by the thought of money. First of all, Willy believes that he needs to be as successful as his brother, Ben, in order to be happy....   [tags: Money Happiness Walter Lee Literature Essays]

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Comparing the Tragedies of Hamlet, Oedipus the King, and Death of a Salesman

- Comparing the Tragedies of Hamlet, Oedipus the King, and Death of a Salesman The tragedies Hamlet, Oedipus the King, and Death of a Salesman have strikingly different plots and characters; however, each play shares common elements in its resolution. The events in the plays’ closings derive from a tragic flaw possessed by the protagonist in each play. The downfall of each protagonist is caused by his inability to effectively cope with his tragic flaw. The various similarities in the closing of each play include elements of the plot, the reflection of other characters on the misfortune of the tragic hero, and expression of important themes through the dialogue of the characters....   [tags: compare contrast compare/contrast]

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A Comparison of the American Dream in Death of a Salesman and A Raisin in the Sun

- The Value of a Dream in Death of a Salesman and A Raisin in the Sun      How does one value a dream. This question arises while reading both Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun.  Although the two novels are very different, the stories and characters share many likenesses.  Death of a Salesman concerns a family’s difficulty in dealing with unrealized dreams.  A Raisin in the Sun focuses on a family's struggle to agree on a common dream.  In each of these stories, there are conflicts between the dreams that each character is struggling to attain....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Death Of A Salesman (happy)

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

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Illusion of the American Dream in Death of a Salesman and The Glass Menagerie

- The American Dream is what all Americans strive to achieve. It is the illusion of prosperity and happiness. The American Dream consists of three different elements, money, sex, and power. The plays “Death of a Salesman” and “The Glass Menagerie” are about families who strive to achieve the American Dream. These plays are a lot alike and they have more similarities than differences. In America, money can get you many places in society. In both plays, money plays an essential element. In “The Glass Menagerie,” Amanda is always concerned about Laura getting a job or marrying someone whom can support her....   [tags: Essays on the American Dream]

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The Influence of the American Dream on Willy Loman's Life

- The Influence of the American Dream on Willy Loman's Life Works Cited Missing Arthur Miller was born on October 17, 1915. He began to write at a very early age and soon after graduating he began to receive recognition as an established and reputable playwright. Many of Miller's plays are based upon the dark nature of contemporary American Society and many critics regard 'Death of a Salesman' as the perfect quintessence of the modern American drama; it encompasses all the characteristics of modern American drama at that time....   [tags: Death of a Salesman]

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Julius Caesar, Death of a Salesman, and Oedipus Rex

- Julius Caesar, Death of a Salesman, and Oedipus Rex Meet the Criteria of a Tragedy       To be considered a classic tragedy, a story should follow the principles presented by Aristotle in his work, Poetics. A tragedy, in Aristotle's view, concerns the destruction of a person of high social status and strong character. The tragic fall of the individual is brought about by a tragic flaw.  Arthur Miller expanded upon the classical definition of a tragedy to include not only those of high social status but also the common man.  Using the criteria established by Aristotle and Miller, the plays Julius Caesar, Death of a Salesman, and Oedipus Rex may be considered as tragedies....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Glass Menagerie, Death Of A Salesman, Oedipus Rex Theme

- The Glass Menagerie, The Death of a Salesman, and Oedipus Rex are complex, deep stories that any reader can enjoy. The Glass Menagerie is a story about a family of three, a mother, a son, and a daughter who all struggle to cope with how their lives turned out. They sometimes reminisce of a happier life or a way to somehow escape life itself. The Death of a Salesman is about a depressed man named Willy who often has day dreams of what he perceives as a perfect life. Willy is angry with his life and wishes his children would be more successful....   [tags: Compare Contrast Literature Theme]

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The Theme of Dishonestly in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

- The Theme of Dishonestly in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman 'Death of a Salesman' was written by Arthur Miller in 1949. It is set in the American states of Boston and New York during the 1930's great depression. The American great depression was the greatest economic collapse in the modern world. Businesses and banks closed their doors, people lost their jobs, homes, and savings, and many depended on charity to survive. Through this the 'American Dream' was created - the idea of a 'perfect' life, where every man owns a business and has the prefect family with the perfect house....   [tags: Papers]

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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman versus The Prince When

- An Analysis of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and The Price When people accept an ideal to live by it can be a glorious and noble thing unless they become so obsessed wi the the ideal that it becomes a yolk and they are unable to realize their dream.. This is especially true for two characters in Arthur Miller's plays Death of a Salesman and The Price. In these two plays Miller portays two lower-middle class men , Willie Loman and Victor Franz, respectivelly, who each live by an ideal that ultimately is self-defeating....   [tags: Comparative Literature]

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Physical Attraction in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

- Physical Attraction in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller The best example of physical action in Death of a Salesman is the scene between Willy and Biff involving the woman. In this scene Willy and the woman are in a hotel room together when a knock is heard. Willy does everything he can to avoid answering the door, but eventually has to. Before he answers the door he orders the woman into the bathroom. When he answers the door Biff is there. To Biffs surprise there was a half-dressed woman in his father hotel room....   [tags: Papers]

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Comparison of Madness and Sanity in Hamlet and Death of a Salesman

- Comparison of Madness and Sanity in Hamlet and Death of a Salesman Could anyone really determine whether or not a person is mad or sane. In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman each of their two main characters, Hamlet and Wily Loman, are put up to this question, but in each situation their so-called madness differs in the cause of them. The ways in which their madness affects their lives is proven by three actions. These actions are neglecting their responsibilities, negatively influencing others, and finally distracting themselves....   [tags: essays papers]

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Comparing the Wife's Role in A Doll's House and Death of a Salesman

- The Wife's Role in A Doll's House and Death of a Salesman         "A Doll's House" (1879) and "Death of a Salesman" (1949) are plays written by Henric Ibsen and Henry Miller respectively. And, although they were published in different centuries, and "A Doll's House" was written seventy years before than "Death of a Salesman" Nora's portrayal of the wife's role is much more modern, liberal and less chauvinist than Linda's. Nora and Linda's main differences are reflected in their way of acting towards their husbands, their children and them selves; how they each see life....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparing Light and Growth in A Raisin in the Sun and Death of a Salesman

- Light and Growth in A Raisin in the Sun and Death of a Salesman.        In A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, both authors use motifs of light and growth within their settings to convey messages about the intrinsic values and potentiality of their characters. A Raisin in the Sun begins with a faint little light, filtering through the kitchen window. It's not much of a light, but it is successfully kindled by Lena Younger to keep her little plant alive and to help sow the seed of human dignity in her children....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Comparing the Perversion of Values in The Great Gatsby and Death of a Salesman

- Perversion of Values in The Great Gatsby and Death of a Salesman      Throughout History there are many examples of perversions, from sexual, social to the very morals themselves. One of the greatest examples is the continuous corruption of the American Dream. As the Dream evolves, it tends to conform to the illicit dealings of the time and immortals of society. No longer is an individual interested in working hard to achieve goals, it is desirous of the quick fix. Society wants its wishes and wants them now....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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Death of a Salesman and The Great Gatsby Literary Essay

- Death of a Salesman and The Great Gatsby Literary Essay Tragedies always have a character that changes through the course of the play or the novel. The characters that are transformed in the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott. Fitzgerald are Biff Loman and Nick Carraway respectively. The protagonists of the play Willy Loman from Death of a Salesman and Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby do not change and still follow their flawed American Dream....   [tags: Papers]

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The Function of Uncle Ben, Charley and Bernard in Death of a Salesman

- The Function of Uncle Ben, Charley and Bernard in Death of a Salesman In Death of a Salesman, we find Willy Loman to be influenced greatly by other characters. His emotions and views are almost solely affected by what others think, and how others treat him. Aside from his own family members, there are three characters in particular that have a large impact on Willy. Uncle Ben is Willy's deceased brother, who Willy is very fond of, although perhaps secretly jealous of. Charley is the Loman family's next door neighbour, a friend and a successful salesman....   [tags: Papers]

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Willy Loman as a Father in Arthur Miller's A Death of a Salesman

- Willy Loman as a Father in Arthur Miller's A Death of a Salesman Modern society would condemn the parenting skills of Willy Loman, the father in Arthur Miller’s A Death of a Salesman, who imposes his dreams upon his two sons and preaches the value of popularity over integrity. As an unsuccessful salesman, Willy is unable to cope with his own shortcomings and valiantly attempts to find something to be hopeful for, and he finds this opportunity in his son Biff. Frail and well past his prime, Willy feels that he is incapable of ever getting back on his feet, and so he believes Biff has a better chance at success....   [tags: Papers]

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Death Of A Salesman: Societys Alienation Of Willy Loman

- Death of a Salesman: Society's Alienation of Willy Loman It is often stated that society is very judgmental. It can be seen in movies, literary works, or just an everyday walk of life. Arthur Miller chooses to portray society's prejudice against the protagonist, Willy Loman, in his play, Death of a Salesman. Society, in this case, rejects Willy Loman because he isn't upper class, and because he is getting up in age. Many occurrances highlight society's judging of Willy, including him being fired, the "spite" that he recieves from his sons, and the way he alienates himself....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Comparing Truth in Death Of A Salesman and The Glass Menagerie

- Seeking Truth in Death Of A Salesman and The Glass Menagerie        Often society seeks to thwart the desire of certain people to find and/or face the truth. Examples of this are found throughut literature. Two excellent example of this are Biff Loman from 'The Death Of A Salesman' and Tom Wingfield from 'The Glass Menagerie'. At some point, they both have to face and understand the truth about their lives. Biff is faced with the lies and  morals of society obsessed with the corrupt version of American Dream, especially his father, and his inability to pursue his own goals and dreams....   [tags: comparison compare contrast essays]

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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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The Importance of Dreams in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

- The Importance of Dreams in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller There is a wide range of dreams throughout the play. Every Character is living a dream and these dreams are what affect and change how the play flows. The main dream is the great capitalist American Dream, The dreams dramatically affect relationships, jobs and even threatens lives, and these dreams are usually unachievable so are never going to be reached. This however doesn't ever stop the Loman's from dreaming and eventually at the end of the play it gets the better of them....   [tags: Papers]

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

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

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Pursuit of the American Dream in Great Gatsby and Death of a Salesman

- Comparing the Pursuit of the American Dream by Jay Gatsby and Willy Loman (Essay outline also included in the word count.) People from all around the world have dreamed of coming to America and building a successful life for themselves. The "American Dream" is the idea that, through hard work and perseverance, the sky is the limit in terms of financial success and a reliable future. While everyone has a different interpretation of the "American Dream," some people use it as an excuse to justify their own greed and selfish desires....   [tags: compare and contrast essay examples]

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Death of a Salesman Structure Metaphoric Language and Theme

- Death of a Salesman Structure Metaphoric Language and Theme In looking at the characteristics of the tragic hero, it can be see that Willy Loman is not a tragic hero but a victim of a false idealistic pursuit of the “American Dream”. Willy strives to become and instill in his sons the success of the self made man that American society often advertises but ultimately falls short, and instead, escapes accepting his failure through lies and death. What many flaws Willy possesses, most do not correlate with the classic tragic hero....   [tags: essays papers]

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The Self Destruction Of Willy Loman - Death Of A Salesman

- In Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, Willy Loman’s life seems to be slowly deteriorating. It is clear that Willy’s predicament is of his own doing, and that his own foolish pride and ignorance lead to his downfall. Willy’s self-destruction involved the uniting of several aspects of his life and his lack of grasping reality in each, consisting of, his relationship with his wife, his relationship and manner in which he brought up his children, Biff and Happy, and lastly his inability to productively earn a living and in doing so, failure to achieve his “American Dream”....   [tags: essays research papers]

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Willy Loman's Death in Death of a Salesman

- Arthur Miller uses Willy, a common man, whose only flaw is his inability to question the validity of the American Dream, to portray a tragic hero, and also to question the ideals of the American society. Willy’s conflicted, lonely and seemingly false character has been created with only one end, and it is through the story of his life, his denial and finally his death, that undeniably grants his validity as a character. As Miller writes, ‘tragedy is the consequence of a man’s total compulsion to evaluate himself justly’, this feeling being evoked when we are ‘in the presence of a character who is ready to lay down his life, if need be, to secure one thing- his sense of personal dignity’....   [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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