Arthur Miller’s prevalent theme in The Death of a Salesman is the idea of the failed American dream. The Loman family struggles to keep their own dreams alive and although the American dream is a powerful motivator in the book, it also makes people consumed with their ambitions. Willy Loman battles with his dream of being a well-liked salesman, especially because he still reminisces over the past and can not keep up with the present. He struggles to see the reality of his distorted dream and how it alters his preconceived idea of his self worth. Arthur Miller uses the dream motif in Death of a Salesman to convey Willy Loman’s refusal to adjust to the present and how it leads to the destruction of his distorted dream and ultimately his death.
The theme of family loyalty in the play is explored in three ways: family feuds, who is considered family, and choosing a lover over a blood relative. The feud between the Capulets and Montagues stretches back to before either Romeo or Juliet was born, and the town of Verona is tired of it, “Clubs, bills, and partisans! Strike! Beat them down! Down with the Capulets!
Troy 's hatred of his father acts as a catalyst for many moments in Troy 's life, in negative and positive ways alike. Unlike most fathers, Troy 's father didn 't leave him with a material possession such as a house but instead left him with emotional baggage that crippled the earlier and later parts of Troy 's life. From the beginning, Troy 's father was abusive to his mother and all of his siblings. Troy and his family worked hard on their father 's farm and endured his bitterness towards being a sharecropper. Troy states that his father was greedy and would put his own personal needs above the needs of the family.
Wealth, beauty, love, and success can be achieved by education, hard work, dedication, and motivation. However, the American Dream is not always about money, fame, and beauty. It could be anything from having a family to having the perfect life. Everyone has their own perspective of the American Dream. The American Dream is much different than what it used to be.
Willy could have been successful, but many things went wrong in his attempt to gain his dream. He raised his sons to believe in the same false American Dream as he had. Neither of his sons turned out to be successful in life and towards the end of the novel they figure out that Willy is to blame. Arthur Miller provides us with a character who is both pathetic and tragic. Willy Loman spent most of his life
Fitzgerald exploited the story comes with figurative language and characterization so he demonstrated to the audience the ultimate goal may affect when falling in love with someone from a different social class can be an obstacle to achieving the American Dream. Gatsby carried unrealistic imagination in mind despite to his nature born in the low status of the society. Gatsby-himself must have faced many difficult challenges ahead in the society life to passed the self-limit to achieving his fantasy dream. As the author borrowed Nick’s narration in the story to illustration the characterization "His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people--his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all.” (.98). This line depicted Gatsby life when he was a little, and this characterization contained a big ambitious dream of a child who starting from the bottom to get
This could be a career, family life, or even fame. These three primary series of questions is the path to survival. Survival has its ups and downs in America, but it is all worth it in the end. A dream is something no should or want to give up on. A dream is a purious part of us that was a gift from a higher power.
Tragedy can spread. In Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman is the protagonist, however he not the only person in the play who’s story ends tragically. His view on life spreads to those close to him. Primarily, Willy teaches it to his children who look up to him while his wife simply attaches herself to him, rooting for him in blind support while really she should be waking him up to the cold and dark reality that is their life. Throughout the play, the Loman family evolves differently.
The decision making of Juliet affected the relationship she had with her father, that in turn made a conflict present between the two of them. In the play Romeo and Juliet there is a conflict between Juliet and her father the reasons behind this conflict include Juliet being married to Romeo behind her fathers back, her father Lord Capulet trying to have Juliet marry Paris, and the secrets and the feud that cause Juliet to keep her relationship from her father. If a child making an adult decision is dangerous, why do we let them make these
So family plays manifest an aggressive and rebellious impulse against the father who often submits an affirmative impulse toward his family. ‘O’Neill seems to have a personal desire to work out his feelings of hostility and to understand his need to escape from the dominating influence, from the awe and the overwhelming admiration for his father, James O’Neill’(Weissman,1957: 436). O’Neill uses the strong character of father to assist the plotting of his plays who has a very definite relationship to his family. Meanwhile, “mother is considered as a problematic a question, as the nature of existence. Recently theoretical discussions, concerning with the nature of language and its relationship to gender, indicate that the representation of woman is always