The writer has chosen the salesman himself and his two sons to put into comparison, who at the present time of the play are visiting the salesman and his wife in their childhood home. The salesman Willy Loman, a major character and one of the main characters of the play is both the protagonist and the antagonist of the story. During the story, Willy is unsuccessful of achieving self-realization. He understand what his job (which is a major element of the play) calls for and what it requires of him, but he is incapable of realizing that he is unable to live up to and prevail with what is required of him, ultimately leading him to being unsuccessful at his job of being a salesman. Willy’s brother Ben, on the other hand, prior to his death was rich and successful due to accidentally stumbling upon a diamond during his travels to Alaska (which is where their father left to abandoning ben and Willy); on his way there he got lost at and ended up in Africa,
The play Death of a salesman is set in late 1940s in America. This play’s main theme is ‘American Dream’ which Willy is trying hopelessly to grasp believing that if he is well liked and personally attractive he will succeed in business in American society. This le but it also has several different themes such as betrayal, abandon, reality and delusion. These themes appear every time Willy drifts back to the past throughout the play. Willy Loman, a 60-year-old salesman with two sons, lives in his dream believing that his sons would be successful like him and is certain that a good salesman has to have a well liked personality just like Willy himself.
Holden Caulfield, in the novel The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger, is an ideal transcendental hero. Though the question here is to what extent is Holden a transcendental hero. Holden’s way of being can be hard to understand, he has those “soft” moments where he seeks for his sister for comfort, or his red hunting hat, but most of all, a baseball glove that belonged to his younger brother, Allie who passed away. Other time, it’s the complete opposite, he goes for cigarettes, or alcohol.
Jay Gatsby changed the most as a character because He started the novel as a rich and extravagant man with a mysterious background, but it was revealed that he didn 't start his life this way, James Gatz was a seventeen-year-old fisherman on Lake Superior who had big dreams that he thought he never could make a reality. But he adopted a persona that modelled the ideal person through the eyes of a seventeen-year-old, and met his good companion and friend Mr. Dan Cody. But towards the end of the book the window that is Jay Gatsby is shattered when Gatsby tries to reveal his love for Daisy to Tom, but Tom perseveres, and reveals that he did some research into Gatsby and exposed his shady dealings. This shattered the fragile persona of Jay Gatsby which reduced him, in essence to a very rich James Gatz. Gatsby’s death, even changed his character as his father made an appearance and led him to explain how highly he regarded his son.
In the beginning of the play wee see Willy’s sons, Biff and Happy, on the same path as their father. Towards the end of the play however, we can grasp the fact that Biff is not on the same road as Happy and Willy. Through many events in the play Biff realized that not only did Willy have his dream backwards but he too was trying to pursue something he didn 't appreciate. The play, Death of a Salesman, is directly related to the quote “You stuff someone into the American Dream, and it becomes a prison” said by Craig L. Thomas. Willy Loman is the best example for someone being stuck in the so called American dream prison.
“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).
In Arthur Miller 's Death of a Salesman, the Lowman family discovers it very hard to interpret and differentiate between the real and dream. This topic of reality versus hallucination proceeds all through the play, which at last leads to the death of the protagonist, Willy Lowman. The key component of the play encompasses the value and importance of the American dream of getting to be plainly effective. The play is set up in the 1940s era when men in America were resolved to be fruitful, not just in the quest for provisioning for their families, yet additionally in carrying on with an existence where they could enjoy extravagance. In particular, the yearning for materialistic accumulations has Willy.
“The American dream is the largely unknowledgeable screen, in front of which all American writings plays itself out, the screen of the perfectibility of man” (American Dreams: Dialogues in U.S. Studies). It is the belief that anyone, despite of where they were born or what class they were into, can attain their own version of success in a society through sacrifice, risk-taking and hard work and not by chance. It is noticeable that Arthur Miller’s Death of A Salesman and Tennessee Williams’ The Glass Menagerie share a similar theme in the search of the renewed American Dream. In both plays the playwrights portray the American Dream, as that where an individual could achieve financial success and material comfort but fail in the process. In
The play Death of a Salesman, written by Arthur Miller, is a portrayal of a middle aged man caught up in his interpretation of the American Dream of becoming a successful salesman. The audience is taken through a reflection of his life with his family by his side, and the causes of his eventual downfall. Death of a Salesman depicts the “typical” 1940’s, American middle class family lifestyle as one of a patriarchal society, having surface level values, and focused on the American dream. In the play, Willy’s character is portrayed as intense, dominating, and is revered by his children and wife. Miller portrayed this patriarchal dominance through the husband-wife and father-son relationships, leading the audience to believe that an average middle class American family of the time would be one of a patriarchal
In the play, Death of a Salesman, Willy mentions that Bernard is not well-liked by others and that his sons, Happy and Biff, will be successful when they are older because people will like them. Later in life Willy’s sons are not very successful with Biff just bouncing around being unable to keep a job and Happy has stayed in New York and worked as a salesman, but his name is not well known yet. Bernard on the other hand graduated high school and most likely went to college. He is now a successful lawyer. This is demonstrated when Willy stops into Charley’s office and observes Bernard as he is getting ready to head out to the Supreme Court.