Some would say that Willy and Biff do not see them self in each other In the novel Death of a Salesman. This may be the case, however, it overlooks the fact that the Death of a Salesman they do see them self in each other and they hate themselves for it. In the novel, Willy and Biff think that that they are both bums. As Willy talking to his
Biff complains about Willy as a father, saying, “He’s got no character - Charley wouldn’t do this. Not in his own house - spewing out that vomit from his mind.” (Miller 56). Biff does not understand how his father has gotten to such a state of existence. Biff is also clearly frustrated, as even though he loves his father, he resents him for his emotional absence from Biff’s life, and compares him to other people that seem more stable on the outside, like Charley.
Thurman writes about fear in chapter 2, a fear that is different in its oppressive, relentless pursuit to dispossess and marginalize. The fear Thurman talks about is the concrete, real presence of political and religious powers who use their powers and religion to crush the spirits of people. He writes: “Fear is one of the persistent hounds of hell that dog the footsteps of the poor, the dispossessed, the disinherited… When the power and the tools of violence are on one side, the fact that there is no available and recognized protection from violence makes the resulting fear deeply terrifying.” (36-37) And: “There are few things more devastating than to have it burned into you that you do not count and that no provisions are made for the literal protection of your person.”
The main character, Willy, is a salesman who has not had much success in his career and is struggling to provide for his family, leading to his failure to live up to this ideal American Dream. On the other hand, his son, Biff, is a former high school football star who is unsure of what he wants to do with his life. Throughout the play, Willy constantly reminisces and projects his hopes and dreams onto his son. He wants his son to be successful and live up to his expectations, but he fails to understand or accept Biff's lack of ambition. However, Biff is resentful of his father's unrealistic expectations and frustrated with his failure to meet them.
After a forced evacuation from their house in a condemned building in Tehran, the couple of Emad and Rana relocate to a small flat recommended by Babak, a fellow actor in their theatrical adaptation of Arthur Miller’s, “Death of a Salesman”. However, what Babak failed to say, was that Ahu, the previous tenant, was a rather promiscuous woman whose belongings were left behind with the intention to remove them in the near future. When Emad stays late for a rehearsal, Rana returns home to wait for him and then, the unspeakable happens… Waiting for Emad, Rana unwisely opens up the main door and goes for a shower, while a stranger looking for Ahu enters the house and attempts to violate the poor woman.
Death of a Salesman was written in the year 1949, this was the period when World War II ended and it was when Americans started a period of unparalleled national prosperity. This was the period when American businesses invested a lot of money in new business materials and revolutionized old equipment with new equipment. The number of independent nonfarm businesses grew by about a third. Housing and construction of buildings expanded rapidly. This all created high inflation and prices of everything went high.
I am very fortunate to be able to write to you today! As of last week the Stage 1 English Pre Communications class finished listening to your play Death of a Salesman, and I wish to share with you my opinion regarding the significance of Biff Loman’s statement “we never told the truth for ten minutes in this house”. You characterized Willy Loman as a man worn out by life but I believe that it was Willy’s inability to face the truth throughout his life that has caused him much grief. In the past Willy taught his boys to believe that a man who “makes an appearance in the business world, who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead” (page 25).
I picked this quote out as this quote is very similar to the quote above. He talks about his struggle as a traveling salesman. However, in this quote, he is comparing himself to other salesman. He talks about how other traveling salesman act as if they were harem woman. At first I was confused on what he meant by harem woman.
Death of a Salesman fits into a post-romantic worldview because of its lack of reality. In Death of a Salesman, Willie Loman creates an alternate world for himself because of how bad he believes his life is. Eventually, Willie convinces himself that this alternate world is his reality. Death of a Salesman does not fit into the 19th century because, in a romantic worldview, everything is/was based off of reality.
Instead, Tack chases the path that makes him more accepted and this prevents him from uncovering his hidden potential. Similarly, in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” Willy Loman desires this same approval and acceptance. Willy, having grown up without a father figure, is extremely doubtful of his parenting and admits that, “[he is] afraid [he is] not teaching [Biff and Happy] the right [values]” (Miller 52). Due to his own insecurity in his parenting ability, Willy turns to Ben for approval and asks him “how [he] should teach [Biff and Happy]” (Miller 52). By continually looking for Ben’s approval, Willy limits his abilities and fails to be an adequate parent for Happy and Biff.
In Death of a Salesman , Arthur Miller displays utter disillusion as a recurring obstacle. He proves that tragedy can strike anywhere, including within the most optimistic. The protagonist, Willy, mistakenly believes that someone’s reputation complements tangible success. Like many other characters, he was blinded by the belief that charisma can change one’s social status. The question remains: How far can one be substantially benefited by only faith?
Death of a Salesman is a play written by Arthur Miller in 1949. The play is known for its selective or modified realist style, in which unnecessary details are intentionally eliminated while important details are highlighted. Miller use these eliminated and highlighted elements in the play to symbolize Willy Loman’s, the protagonist, emotional aspects, and eventually, his downfall. First is one of the most prominent elements which some of its components are eliminated in order to illustrate Willy’s inside feelings: the Lomans’ house. In the play, the stage direction provides that the house is to be staged in the center, similar to in the film where the house is also where most actions take place – and thus, in both cases, the house stands
In addition, ‘Death of a Salesman’, which is one of his most popular works. It takes a place in the list of the finest American plays in the 20th century alongside with the most incredible dramatist’s works of the American literature. ‘Death of a Salesman’ was first published in the United States by (Viking Press, New York, 1949). The play is about an unlucky family, which consists of four members: the parents, Willy Loman and his wife Linda, and their two sons Biff and Happy. Their sons are not that young, actually, Biff is 34 and Happy is 32.
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.