No one comes to Willy’s funeral, because he wasn’t really as well known as he made his family believe. Linda: “But where are all the people he knew? Maybe they blame him…”(Miller 137). Willy Loman believed he was a very “well-liked” salesman. When he in fact was nothing close.
More importantly, we are shown how Scrooge’s love for money has stripped him of his love for his family and his appreciation for the world. In Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, the theme of greed is explored. The first time we are exposed to greed is when Ebenezer refuses to give his long-term clerk Bob Cratchit Christmas Day off to spend with his family, specifically his disabled son Tiny Tim. He proves himself to be a penny-pincher as he pays his clerk a very insubstantial wage and insists that Bob is trying to rob him of his money by requesting the one day off of the year. Along with this, despite noticing how numbingly cold it is inside his office, Ebenezer Scrooge does not grant his employee the gift of warmth.
He demonstrates this in the courtroom while defending Tom Robinson against Bob Ewell and his daughter Mayella. Although, there are those who believe that Atticus is not an admirable father because he is not married, so they do not have a mother, the children run around unsupervised frequently and he exposes them to events that children may not be able to understand. Even if these things are true Atticus is still just a man. He is single because he loves his wife so much that he did not want to remarry, Atticus lets his children run around unsupervised and exposes them to events they may not be able to understand in hopes that they will learn from their
He owned a business with Jacob Marley and then Marley died. He was always angry and didn't bond with his family members. Indeed, Fred; his nephew, invited him to a Christmas dinner and he refused as a result. By saying he hates Christmas, because he thought it did not mean anything except for a waste of money. Another way, you can affirm that he was selfish could be when he refused to give any kind of money to help provide food for the poor.
While the duke and the dauphin and lying about their identity, they are gaining money through this. The readers know they don’t deserve that money. It also evokes aggravation because the people of that town and the Wilks girls are gullible enough to believe that the duke and the dauphin are Peter Wilks’ brother with no proof to prove that. This is used to satirize how people easily believed anything with no proof and did not question. In Death of a Salesman, after many years of struggling to pay for all the bills, Willy decides to commit suicide because he wanted the insurance money to be given to Biff, his son but at his funeral, the readers find out: "I made the last payment on the house today.
Both of Edgar Allan Poe’s fathers abandoning him and never supporting him greatly affected Poe. He never had a father figure in his life to support him or that genuinely cared about him. First, the text cites, “The two father figures in his life were never supportive, which may account for many of his struggles” (About Edgar Allan Poe 2). This explains how the abandonment and rejection of Poe’s two father figures affected him in a negative way and may have been the reason he had some of his struggles later in life. Second, the text states, “Even though John Allan had plenty of money, he only gave Edgar about a third of what he needed” (Biography of Edgar Allan Poe 1).
The American Dream is dead and cannot be achieved because people don’t have the right upbringing and getting out of poverty is difficult and somewhat impossible. One of the most common arguments that people state why the American Dream can’t be achieved is because people who are poor can’t get out of there situations. In a book titled “Nickel and Dimed” by Barbara Ehrenreich she states “When someone works for less pay than
This shows that Gatsby did not find friends, happiness, nor love with all the money that he had. In the novel, Gatsby was "friends" with Mr. Wolfshiem, and had hundreds of people over to his parties, yet none of these characters showed up to his funeral; not even Daisy who told him she loved him. Gatsby had a fortune but he never found happiness with it. The only time Gatsby was happy was when he was poor and had Daisy.
The day that Gatsby died showed how invested he was on winning Daisy back. He had no friends to attend his funeral except Nick, the postman, his dad, owl eyes, and a few of his servants. The so called “love of his life” didn’t even show up to his funeral. This shows how one person can become so focused on an imaginary reality/dream that they forget to focus on the present, and make their life worth living in the
In the chapter Negocios, readers get background on the father’s immigration journey to the United States. We see the father struggle to financially, mentally, and physically. While reading the chapter Aguantando we saw the family struggle as well and assumed that the father was living this fancy life in the states. The family was extremely poor they barley had enough money to buy food for them to eat. In this chapter the father appeared to be the bad guy because he did not send money or come back to bring the rest of the family to the United States.
Success is subjective. There is no ruling outlining the universally accepted point in which one can be considered successful; there’s no clear cut path leading to and accomplishment and riches. Yet, the environment in which children are raised does have the power to affect their future lives. In Arthur Miller’s Death of A Salesman, Willy Loman’s two boys, Biff and Happy, grow up having extremely different relationships with their father, both of which prove to be formative to the adults Biff and Happy become; Willy’s obliviousness to Happy’s need for attention leads Happy to become dependent and needy, whereas Willy’s constant praise and high expectations for Biff shaped him into an extremely unsettled adult lacking confidence and determination.
Many people live their lives without meaning. Some have a firm grasp on reality and realize that their hard work and efforts will be rewarded. Others prefer a more laid back approach and think that if they deserve it, then they will receive it. In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, the characters, Willy and Biff live an unhappy life because of their similar character traits, beliefs, and situations. They are both idealists, prideful, and they both lack “parental” figures.