Willie has spent his whole life trying to attain success and the love of those around him. He does this so that he will be remembered when he is gone like other salesmen around him such as Dave Singleman who had hundreds of buyers and salesmen at his funeral (Miller, 81). Through his pursuit of this idea he starts to push the same dream upon his kids, especially his son, Biff and becomes obsessed with the idea. Willie ultimately fails by not only Biff not living up to his expectations but when he dies, no one except his family and a few friends attend his funeral (Miller, 137). Though Willie was driven enough to attain the expectations he had in life, they were very unrealistic in a sense due to his position in life.
In the novel, “The Jungle” by Upton Sinclair, Jurgis Rudkus plays an important role. Jurgis goes on a journey with his wife to a new country looking for a job and ends up losing more than he ever thought he could lose. The character, Jurgis Rudkus, is a strong willed man who faces many difficult situations on his journey to find a job and to reunite with his in laws. Jurgis gains a new perspective of everything around him and everything that has happened. The main character Jurgis Rudkus is an immigrant coming to America.
He shows this with Alex. Alex, for example, felt like he could not be harmed because he has had money his entire life, he would put his and his friends lifes at risk in order to take the perfect picture. Diaz says, “...Haiti had been destroyed...and so of course what does Alex decide to do? Like an idiot he decides to commandeer one of his father’s vintage burners and take a ride out to the border...And what do we do?...Go with him.” (Diaz 23) Alex feels as though he is untouchable.
James Baldwin is a man who faced many hardships throughout his life. He has found a way to overcome these challenges which led to his success. He over came being a gay African American in a very controversial time by moving out of the country. He overcame all the challenges that life threw at him and because of that he went from coming to Paris with forty dollars in his pocket to when he died in 1986 being was worth 65 million dollars. Life is full of obstacles we need to overcome, but once you find a way around them doors will open that you thought would always be
In the short story “Flight Patterns” by Sherman Alexie, William, a man of Native American descent, gets a better understanding of himslef through Fekadu’s story of his life. William has a wife named Marie and a daughter named Grace who he both loves very dearly. He is a business man who often travels for his jobThis story takes place around a year after the world trade centers were hit on September 11. While taking a taxi to the airport he meets an African American man named Fekadu. Fekadu tells him his life story and William is hesitant to believe it because generally black taxi drivers do not hold degrees from Harvard; however, William is intruiged by Fekadu’s story and listens on with interest.
As a young man his work ethic, intellect, and drive were extremely high. High enough for him to be put in charge of a trade port. Soon after then a hurricane struck the island and he was left hopeless. He work hard until he finally got enough money to sail to New York to gain an education and to restart his life. When alexander arrived in New York he attended Princeton, but was later kicked out for getting into an altercation with the head of finances.
In Maus, Art Spiegelman records his personal accounts of trying to delve into his father’s traumatic past. His father, Vladek, is a Jew from Poland who survived persecution during World War II. Art wants to create a graphic novel about what his father went through during the Holocaust, so he reconnects with Vladek in order to do so. Due to the horrifying things that the Jews went through he has trouble opening up completely about all the things that happened to him. But after Art gets together with his father many times, he is finally able to understand the past legacy of the Spiegelman family.
During the Great Depression, millions of people lost their jobs and went homeless. Dreams, however, were one thing that kept people hopeful throughout this rough era. In order to pursue their dreams, men went searching for work to earn money. In the novel Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, many of the characters are dreamchasers. Each of them has something he wants to accomplish, but he knows there are going to be some obstacles standing in his way.
Newsies takes place in New York City and follows the life of charismatic leader Jack Kelley who dreams of a life in Santa Fe, New Mexico and wants to go away from the hardship of the streets. Jack Kelley and his band of boys sell newspapers for a living, but when Joseph Pulitzer and William Randolph Hearst (publishers of newspapers) increase their newspaper prices from 50 cents to 60 cents, the boys find a cause to fight for and rally for what is right. I remember finding out a year later that Newsies was an actual event in History as I sat in one of my Communication classes, bewilderment spreading across my face. Walking into the Pantages theater, felt like I had just stepped into the 1920’s and totally got that Great Gatsby vibe. Walking into the theater I notice refreshments all around.
But at that moment he felt willing to change, because he lived a sinful life, and ask God to save him, a dramatic moment where he felt lost and asked for mercy. Everyman realized that his fortune material had no value and that it was more important the fortune of God. Everyman acts representing humanity, fighting for morality inside, although he thinks that death is evil because it comes from hell. Death is ironically a messenger of God. Everyman had discovered that while he was successful in life, the afterlife was a different story because his wealth could not go with him or count in the Book of life.