Willy always found his dreams in someone else which is why his happiness never came. At first it was his father then it was his brother Ben, and then it was famous sales man Dave Singleman. He looked for others inside of himself which led to him not being satisfied. Dreams can not be rented or borrowed. Willy never realized this and in turn it caused his mental health to deteriorate even more than it already had.
Okonkwo was raised by his father Unoka who never earned any titles. Unoka was a sensitive man who never relished at the thought of war, but found joy in playing his flute. Unoka did not have the greatest luck when it came to farming, this caused him to end up in a lot of debt that he couldn’t pay back. Unlike his father, Okonkwo had no problem with the idea of war. Okonkwo grew up resenting his father for not being stronger and more masculine.
Who, in comparison with his brother, has a whole different look then his brother, the story had said, “Donald was bony, grave, and obsessed with the fate of the soul”(364). Saying this, it completely adds to the fact that people couldn’t believe that these two men are brothers. As well as these two brothers looking different from one another the story also emphasizes that unlike his brother Pete, who was married and had kids, Donald is , “the younger brother, was still single”(364). This probably shows why Donald was such a carefree person because he doesn’t have any responsibilities to deal with as an adult, while his brother had many responsibilities to look over throughout his life. In addition, “He lived alone, painted houses when he found the work, and got deeper in debt to Pete when he didn’t” (364).
Willy Loman is a financially struggling man in his sixties looking for success for him and his family. Miller depicts Willy as a tragic character in his willingness to preserve his dignity. Additionally, Willy’s dignity is tainted in the story because of his flawed philosophy of the American Dream. This along with unjust comparisons leads to Willy’s death. Based on how Willy Loman evaluates himself unjustly, he is a tragic hero because he must do anything to preserve his dignity, and his false impression of the American Dream, which leads to his downfall.
Okonkwo’s hard-working character was a result of him trying to be the opposite of his father, a lazy and unsuccessful man. The book says that Okonkwo started with nothing, saying “Okonkwo did not have the start in life which many young men had.” (18) Despite this, Okonkwo grew to be very successful; he had several barns full of yams and was married to three wives. Okonkwo’s anger resulted from his lust for manliness. The book says “Okonkwo never showed any emotion openly, unless it be the emotion
In the heat of the moment, Brick discloses the fact to Big Daddy that he is suffering from cancer and that the family members lied to him so as to not hurt his feelings. In a way, he robs Big Daddy of his second life. This comes as a big blow to Big Daddy. Big Daddy and Brick are both frustrated with the relationships in the family. They are both dealing with the same problem – mendacity.
Within the novel ‘Catcher in the Rye’ by J. D. Salinger, the character of Holden Caulfield, has been presented as a complex character. His life begins in turmoil, due to the death of his little brother. Holden despises the loss of innocence among children, which is shown through his vivid thoughts of catching children, preventing them from falling into adulthood. He later struggles academically and socially, he fails school and struggles to socialise. He experiences physical and emotional collapse later in the novel when he feels like he’s disappearing from society.
Robinson points out that “[s]elf-control and control of others is not the route toward social power; it is, instead, a certain path toward ulcers, cancer, mental breakdown, and pain” (134), a path Carolyn is definitely walking on. According to critic Kevin Lewin, “[y]ou can't help feeling that Lester typifies thousands of frustrated American men who occasionally flip during their mid-life crises and become something their families no longer recognise” (n.p. ), referring to his journey and ‘weird’ behavirous; however, Lester does not recognise his wife either. “Christ, Carolyn! When did you become so... joyless?”, he wonders after Carolyn prefers a clean “four thousand dollar sofa upholstered in Italian silk” (American Beauty) over getting intimate with her husband possibly spilling beer on it.
Walter goes into immediate denial, making excuses for where Willy, their second business partner, could be with the money. He continues on until he realizes “THAT MONEY IS MADE OUT OF MY [HIS] FATHER’S FLESH-” (128) and he had lost it all; he felt he lost his chance of pursuing a better life now that he had even lost his father’s support. His false pride is severely injured up until he is struck with an idea which he believes could save the family. He abruptly calls Mr.Lindner, who he had originally turned away, and tells him to come by because he wants to take his offer of being paid to not move into the new house. He believes he is “..see[ing] life like it is” (141) in order to rightfully take his place as the head of the family by making this decision for them, regardless of the hope this house brought them all.