“The man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead” (33). In Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller uses foil characters to elucidate Willy’s flaws that ultimately prevent him and his family from succeeding. The contrast between Charley and Willy and Bernard and Biff serves to highlight how Willy’s obsession with achieving his version of the American Dream impacts both his life and his children’s. His poor values are passed on to his children producing even more failures. ¬¬¬¬Both Charley and Willy work as salesmen, however Charley represents what Willy desired to become – successful.
Typically, the father is the one who has to save the son. In this case, however, the son is the one who has to save the father, disappointing the son because the elder has more experience and should know better. Therefore, with that experience, the father should have avoided any problems that need a third party to interfere. The difference is, for The Kite Runner Baba’s disappointment towards who Amir has become and for “Forgiving Our Fathers,” Lourie’s father disappoints his son by setting a bad example. A similarity between Baba and Lourie’s father is making their sons feel disappointed in both the fathers and the sons.
Neil Perry had so much pressure from his dad, Mr.Perry, because he wanted him to achieve more than him and his family ever did. Mr. Perry cared about his son, he just expressed it through conformity and discipline. He sets standard for Neil such as, being a doctor. He does not let him follow his dreams to be an actor, because he chose his path already. Neil loved acting and his dad did not approve and acted like his dreams were not important.
He wants to be just as good as his father was a previous salesman and inventor. He also wants to be successful like Ben, however Ben took a risk and worked hard, rather than Willy who believes his charm will be able to let him take flight in the world. He is very insecure about how people view and treat him. When comparing himself to Charley, Willy claims that Charley “he’s liked, but not well liked,” then contradicts himself saying that “ they respect him because he’s a man of few words”(24) Charley then confronts Willy about his philosophy that being well liked leads to success(75). Willy’s dishonesty plays a key factor into why he is insecure in the first place so that he can avoid his problems with a simple lie or fib to throw people off and not making any assertions about him.
He is a salesman with big dreams for himself and his two sons. Happy and Biff are expected to follow in their father’s footsteps and be salesman. Biff and Willy kind of butt heads around this idea. Biff knows he can’t fulfill his dad’s dreams for him and Willy won’t take no for an answer. Willy suffers disappointment from his job and hopes Biff can outshine him.
This shows that, although Babbitt choose conformity for his own life, he is not satisfied with the materialistic and conformist lifestyle that has resulted from this decision. According to Conroy, Babbitt looks to his son for hope for an end to discontentment.22 His only hope to escape the complete bondage of conformity is to encourage his son to be an individual and prevent him from falling into the same lifestyle in which
He was a hero in a way because he wanted to work in order to provide for his family, he also did not want to send his brother Gabriel away to the hospital just because of his mental state. Troy wanted his brother to be free to do whatever it was that made him happy selling fruit or signing, his brother had already been through enough. Troy was just a man that was rough around the edges he had a rough life and only knew how to give tough love because that is what was ditched out to him. He did mean well and tried to save his children from having the same experiences he had, except he went about it the wrong way. Overall Troy
The idea behind this is to leave an impression on the future, long after the dominant man has left the miracle of life. One surefire way this man can do so is by instilling in his children an absolute need to be “tough” and carry out what the man started. This desire to rule permeates throughout generations without much thought or logic; the children of the powerful man feel that they must conquest throughout the world and have as much power as their father in order to be worthy of anything in life. As a circle of “toughness” fueled by immense insecurity begins; however, the powerful man never realized what this would mean for his sons in the future. As the sons look only for more ways to perpetuate their father’s legacy and their own, they overlook the things in life that they truly yearn for.
It all started with the son of a Brahmin, who was expected to be as successful as his father. He felt as though there was more to life than all the wisdom that his village had provided to him. " [Siddhartha] had begun to feel that the love of his father and mother, and also the love of his friend Govinda, would not always make him happy, give him peace, satisfy and suffice him. He had begun to suspect that his worthy father and his other teachers, the wise Brahmins, had already passed on to him the bulk and best of their wisdom [but] his soul was not at peace." (Hesse, 3).
James Harrison is wrong for what he is doing to his sons. Harrison is wrong because he is making his children think that I have to win all time and if I come in second place I am a failure. I do not think Americans give out too many trophies because children should be recognized for their hard work and dedication, even if they don’t win. Americans are not raising their kids to become “too soft”. I think teaching kids that winning is a good thing is fine, but you should also teach kids that it is ok not to come in first place.
During the different eras within the plays Macbeth and Death of Salesman we can observe the differing exhibitions of pathos. In Macbeth, we as an audience to a play, observe the downwards spiral and eventual collapse of Macbeth due to his thoughts being manipulated by supernatural forces into disrupting the Great Chain of Being. The notion that supernatural forces were capable of influencing ones actions and thoughts to such an extent, terrified the English population. This was due to lack of scientific understanding at the time and as such it should be considered an important contextual theme. In comparison, Death of the Salesman features a washed-up sales man, Willy Loman who is blinded by his pride and hubris which in turn prevents himself from recognising his own flaws leading him to denial.