Even when his neighbour Charley offers him a job with a salary, Willy declines because he is too proud to work for Charley. He rather blames his failure on the superficiality of the business world and fixates himself on the idea that personality, not hard work, is the key to accomplishment. Perhaps, this is because Willy is living in a world where the pursuit of the American Dream is a predominant part of people’s lives, and the materialistic pressures of the superficial were beginning to permeate its actual values. Under this particular pressure, Willy has been fighting his entire life to achieve "the dream," but unfortunately, no one ever explains to him what its true values are or how to really make it. Therefore, Willy manages his life based on his overwhelming sense of pride and ambition, and in this way, Miller seems to criticize the idea of compromising happiness for success-- even though Willy truly believes that happiness is achieved through success.
Willy Loman lived a more tragic life because of the constant change he wanted to achieve that never played out in his favor. When expectations are high from the people you love it’s difficult not falling for the pressure. Willy constantly felt uneasy about the wedge between him and his wealthy older brother Ben. Ben was a symbol of success and fortune: “No! Boys!
The poem, Useless Boys,is one that portrays a feeling of indignation, rebellion and finally, understanding by two boys who grew up with bitter views of their fathers’ onerous jobs. The narrator believes that the only reason his father stays at his job is for the money. In his naivety the son does not realize that at times living selfishly is the way things have to be. Sometimes commitments are made in a self-sacrificial and cowardly manner. No matter how “wrecking” his father’s career, he stays in order to provide for his family.
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.
Donald does have any concept of wealth or riches, he offers the money his older brother worked incredibly hard for to Webster. Donald does not know how to handle money at all and he is not content with his life. After reading the short story, "The Rich Brother," there is an anomaly created as to who Wolff is referring to as the rich brother, however, after further investigation the reader can infer that Pete is the rich brother, and not
James Howe, critically acclaimed author wasn’t always so ambitious. In fact, he was once diffident and kept to himself. He loathed hunting and shuns any brutality. He determined from his childhood that he would always try to impress his family, even if it meant going against his own precepts. That was, until one day, when he was ten, his brother, Paul altered his world forever.
The children who grow up with a disheveled life is in the result of having almost no supervision and affection. Curley’s father is the owner of the ranch that he works upon. Therefore, Curley acts inappropriately due to the lack of attention given by his father. In the result of his father’s negligence, Curley does not treat people with hospitality and that is why people find him unsettling. In the text it
Mccandless although he had many material possessions he did not find them to feel the void he had as a child. His parents were not very affectionate especially his father, who only seeked his son to be a wealthy and educated man. He expected the best from chris and would pressure him to be the best he could. Mccandless would only conform to his father's idealistic standards so that his father would not continue to nag him. Mccandless decided that after he finished his undergrad he would make his own destiny.
Troy tells Rose, “He’s got to make his own way. I made mine. Ain’t nobody gonna hold his hand when he get out there in that world” (482). Because of his own disappointments, Troy has adopted a bitter, yet realistic outlook on life, which he uses to guide his son. He did not have much help growing up and believes that his son could use a dose of his reality and tough
In this text, Holden is talking about how great his brother was and how pathetic he was compared to him. Since Holden likes to think of his brother and how great he was he starts to doubt his ability. He starts to believe that he not good enough or as good as his brother, so there is no point in trying. He thinks that his parents are disappointed in him and wish that his brother was still alive instead of him. Because of these chain of thoughts, he does not care or even try as hard as he could in school because he thinks that no matter what he does he will never be as good as his brother.