Tragedy can spread. In Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman is the protagonist, however he not the only person in the play who’s story ends tragically. His view on life spreads to those close to him. Primarily, Willy teaches it to his children who look up to him while his wife simply attaches herself to him, rooting for him in blind support while really she should be waking him up to the cold and dark reality that is their life. Throughout the play, the Loman family evolves differently.
Firstly, Zack satisfies this archetype due to the fact that he cannot hold a job and consequently leeches off his parents money. Although Zack started the story as an intelligent, popular kid, he does not utilize his skills anywhere and ends up taking from his parents. This is shown by him living at his parents house up until he was given an ultimatum. His irresponsible money grubbing through his parents wallets also shows his inability to grow up and get his own job. His father’s ignorance and lack of discipline was shown by him getting fooled and practically robbed by his son after Winnifred exposes that “Zack lied over trifles, and
The poem “A Story” by Li-Young Lee depicts the complex relationship between a boy and his father when the boy asks his father for a story and he can’t come up with one. When you’re a parent your main focus is to make your child happy and to meet all the expectations your child meets. When you come to realize a certain expectation can’t satisfy the person you love your reaction should automatically be to question what would happen if you never end up satisfying them. When the father does this he realizes the outcome isn’t what he’d hope for. He then finally realizes that he still has time to meet that expectation and he isn’t being rushed.
“The man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead” (33). In Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller uses foil characters to elucidate Willy’s flaws that ultimately prevent him and his family from succeeding. The contrast between Charley and Willy and Bernard and Biff serves to highlight how Willy’s obsession with achieving his version of the American Dream impacts both his life and his children’s. His poor values are passed on to his children producing even more failures. ¬¬¬¬Both Charley and Willy work as salesmen, however Charley represents what Willy desired to become – successful.
After losing his job, an insecure man teams up with a pimp to open up his own cuddling business, but hides the truth from his new girlfriend. BRIEF SYNOPSIS: TED (30) works for his father. His job is to watch paint dry. He’s an insecure man and doesn’t have much self-respect. Ted hopes to be promoted to manager one day.
He works for the IRS, therefore no one likes him but he makes the best of his situation. When Harold first becomes aware that his life is being controlled by an author that writes tragedies, he is terrified and he is not sure what to do. He then concludes that he must live his life because it is going to end and he cannot stop it, so he finds love by learning to play guitar which was an instrument he has always wanted to play. Harold apprehends that he cannot ruin the story, so he lets the story finish and consequently Harold Crick
John Proctor, the protagonist, is an independent and respectable farmer in a struggling marriage because he was unfaithful to his wife. Unfortunately, this mistake haunts him when he tries to distance himself from his past lover, who grows uncontrollably envious. This causes the creation of the witch trials - the very center of John’s afflictions and the sculptor of his disposition. Choosing to persevere through them all, John suffers multiple conflicts with society and relationships which reveal and develop his independent character. Living in a theocratic society, John struggles to conform to the thinking that Salem demands of him.
Biff telling his father that he nothing more than ordinary is the last straw. Willy wants the flashback to take over and fully submerge himself in his own reality from when he had a good relationship with his son. Gregor’s relationship with his family also deteriorates throughout the book and he becomes more insect-like because of it. Gregor is paying his father debt, but his father is no longer grateful after his transformation, which weakens their relationship. The book says “No plea of Gregor’s helped, no plea was even understood: however ever humbly he might turn his head, his father merely stamped his feet more forcefully.” (Kafka 18).
He started off as a father who was so obsessed with money and status, he lost sight of his family. From this point he kept making mistakes and sank deeper into a hole of his obsessions. Walter finally climbed out of the hole by choosing to help his family over himself by declining Lindner’s deal. In this climax of pride, it is clear that, in many ways, Walter dreams of being a man and is simply consumed by the incorrect belief that materialism is the only means toward this goal. Achieving the status of head of the family and proving his worth as a man opens Walter's eyes to the variety of ways that he can better his family’s future.
However, the brothers continue to avoid the facts, they find it too hard to face up to the dishonesty of their father. Furthermore, the novel continues to point out the theme of loneliness. Adam begins to share a story to his brothers about their father’s infallibility. Suffering from being unable to see the bad in people displays his character flaw. Cathy is expressed as a symbol of evil.