“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.
Pride can be a positive or negative element in someone's life. It can help them succeed in their efforts or cause them to become greedy and selfish. In the short story "The Scarlet Ibis" by James Hurst, the main character Brother shows the theme of pride through his persistence and love for Doodle. Brother had pride in Doodle, considering his brother as "his"; he always persisted in working tirelessly with him on his successes. "Brother put lots of his time, effort, and care into Doodle even though "It's a miracle [he] didn't give up" (Hurst).
Equality is right to be motivated by curiosity. Yearning for the answers to his constant questions are what motivates his creativity and discovery. The constant curiosity is what leads him to dissect animals, melt metals, mix acids, and rediscover electricity. His individuality motivates him to do what he wants even though it is not allowed by society. He knows that he is quicker minded than the rest of his brothers, “It was not that the learning was too hard….
In Arthur Miller’s play, Death of a Salesman, the main character, Willy Loman ultimately suffers when his extravagant dreams to be successful and free from financial debt control his every thought and lead to his mental decline. Within the play, Willy becomes mentally ill when he can no longer distinguish his outrageous desires from the realities of his own life. Willy’s idea of his American Dream develop from the idea that a well liked and attractive man in business will always acquire success. Willy’s two sons, Biff and Happy also
He shows great love and sympathy for his family and cares for them when his father chose to be idle. He also shows his sympathy to his children, biological or not. His unsympathetic tendencies distance him from the reader, he is violent and threatening. In either circumstance, Okonkwo proves to be a memorable character in Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, because of his striking characteristics that show him to neither be a hero nor a villain, but a loving an abusive father. Okonkwo may deter readers because of his violence, but subtly shows a deep, beneath-the-surface love for his family that resonates with the reader throughout the
He makes the statement that men feel emasculated by “big business” bringing in immigrants to take the jobs of once successful men” (590). Kimmel tells the reader that these men take it out on “others” to make themselves feel more empowered (590). Using these examples engage the readers’ mind and emotions. Another example that strengthens Kimmel’s pathos is, “Defeated, humiliated, emasculated, a disappointment to his father and a failed rival to his sister” (593). Kimmel is not justifying the actions of Atta, but humanizing him.
James Hurst’s short story ” The Scarlet Ibis” tells a story about two brothers who have mixed feelings for each other. Doodle, crippled and mental, really loves his brother and all he wants is to please his brother and his family. Unfortunately, his brother doesn’t like him because he wanted a brother he could play with. He also believes that Doodle is a burden to him because he has to take him wherever he goes and has to take care of him. The theme of “ The Scarlet Ibis” is that too much pride can be destructive.
Biff's behavior causes him to believe that his son is spiting him, although all he is trying to do is help his poor father. Willy will constantly say things that he does the opposite of, such as stating to 'not act like an office boy' yet scrambling to assist his boss in menial tasks. His self contradictory ways can also be supported by this quote, stating"One of the primary characteristics of Willy Loman's character is his penchant for self-contradiction: "Biff is a lazy bum! There's one thing about Biff- he's not lazy.""(Murphy). The most substantial evidence comes from Willy's hallucinations.
Throughout the play, the Loman family evolves differently. Willy finds out his dream of being an popular, well respected salesman is impossible and takes his own life. Linda supports Willy despite the abuse and confusion he puts her through with his various attempts to take his own life, with his delirious ramblings and hallucinations, and with his constant deception. Happy still sees his father as a hero and Biff finally begins to grasp the truth of the “American Dream”. When Willy kills himself, all of the Loman family, including Willy, break free from the web of false dreams he spun and begin to understand Willy’s failings.
“I myself am made entirely of flaws stitched together with good intentions” by Augusten Burroughs. Death of a salesman is written by Arthur Miller, The play is about this man named Willy who has a really big tragic flaw and tries to make his sons the same way that he is which is him being insecure. Willy’s tragic flaw makes himself insecure and wants his sons’ to listen to him meanwhile he’s going crazy. Willy’s intensity is demonstrated in his prideful behavior. Claims that he is “vital” in the New England when in reality he is not a good salesman (4).
Thus, Willy sees Biff as an underachiever, Biff sees self to be gotten in Willy 's ostentatious dreams. After his epiphany in Bill Oliver 's office, Biff chooses overcoming the untruths including the Loman family remembering the final objective to come to reasonable terms with his own life. Point on revealing clear and humble truth behind Willy 's fantasy, Biff throbs for the area (the regularly free West) obfuscated father 's outwardly hindered trust in a skewed, realist adjustment of the American Dream. Biff 's character crisis is a component of his and his father 's foiled desire, which, to recoup identity, he must reveal. outwardly hindered craving