Even when his neighbour Charley offers him a job with a salary, Willy declines because he is too proud to work for Charley. He rather blames his failure on the superficiality of the business world and fixates himself on the idea that personality, not hard work, is the key to accomplishment. Perhaps, this is because Willy is living in a world where the pursuit of the American Dream is a predominant part of people’s lives, and the materialistic pressures of the superficial were beginning to permeate its actual values. Under this particular pressure, Willy has been fighting his entire life to achieve "the dream," but unfortunately, no one ever explains to him what its true values are or how to really make it. Therefore, Willy manages his life based on his overwhelming sense of pride and ambition, and in this way, Miller seems to criticize the idea of compromising happiness for success-- even though Willy truly believes that happiness is achieved through success.
With him not recognizing all his flaws even when he was reaching his deathbed, he still couldn’t see his wrongdoings and that is what lead him to his ultimate downfall. Even though Willy Loman did have a tragic flaw, reversal of fortune, and having as his fate being death, his failure to recognize reversal caused by his own actions as well as striving to achieve your "rightful" position in society classified him to be a modern tragic
There is a disconnect because he feels as though he cannot communicate to his father and his family because they truly do not understand him. This is critical because not being able to communicate will slow the process of them joining society after serving. Wood summarizes this sensation perfectly when he states, “afraid or unwilling to be judged by civilians, many new veterans isolate themselves, never speaking of their wartime experiences. [They are] unable to explain” their emotions (Wood). This inhibits them to reconnect with civilians and their family, and ultimately it will prevent them from returning to their lives and society after deployment.
Throughout the story his work ethic begins to decline. His first protest to work was when the narrator, Bartleby’s boss, hastily calls on Bartleby in expectancy to examine some of his work; “’I would prefer not to’” he says and this baffles the narrator (Melville, 53). This resistance and defiance Bartleby presents is a clue that something is off. The statement ‘I would prefer not to’ is essentially Bartleby saying that he is completely able to do what is asked but simply does not want to. This is showing a decline in motivation and productivity.
Prideful because all he tries to do is chance Doodle rather than letting him be who he is . Not letting himself accept himself the way he is. Brother's pride pushes him to give Doodle an existence away from his bed, and it is his obsession that leads to Doodle's tragic demise. Brother's pride did create a facsimile (copy) of real life for Doodle, but in the end, it crumbled him, brought to its knees by pride and selfishness. Brother did love Doodle, but his ego overshadowed the fact the he was just trying to protect Doodle from a world that doesn't tolerate those that are different.
George is cruel to Lennie a lot of the time, calling him “a crazy bastard” even though the connotation of “bastard” is astoundingly harsh. George earlier explains how Lennie makes them lose a job when Lennie acts strangely to a girl which frightened the girl and got them both in trouble, even though George was not even there at the time. Lennie tends to get them fired most of the time, so they have a spot that they meet up at, if there is some kind of problem. Lennie is hiding in the spot, the brush, that George told him to go to if he ever gets into trouble, after he accidentally kills Curley’s wife. He knows that what he did is wrong, but he doesn’t know how to fix it, and he thinks that George might be able to fix the problem.
He's something in between; he's man" (Riebock 45). He's gone through the beginning part of his life considering him a hero and then the next part a monster because he left him. Now he considers him a normal man that makes mistakes like everyone else in the world but hopes to make him his hero again. No matter what parents love their children and want the best for them but sometimes they can't alway provide what they
Iago hates Othello because Othello gave an advance military position to Cassio. Iago feels he should have been given the promotion, and this spurs up jealousy. Iago is a narcissus and only thinks the best of himself, so he believes that he deserved the job. Iago doesn’t feel the position should go to a person that “never set a squadron in the field,/Nor the division of a battle knows/More than a spinster” (I. i. 23-25).
On page 52 Willy is talking to Ben asking for advice "Oh, Ben, that's good to hear! Because sometimes I'm afraid that I'm not teaching them the right kind of-Ben, how should I teach them?” Ben is a bad role model because he is dead. Not only is Ben desiced but all the ideas of Ben and how great of a guy he was were made up by Willy in his own head as a way to justify the way he is raising his kids. On the other side of this Biff’s role model is his father Willy. Willy gives Biff these unrealistic idea that can never really be achieved.
“(Act 1) Willy hides the truth, lying to himself and his family, about being well liked and doing well in his business. Willy lies to impress his brother Ben saying, “Business is bad, it’s murderous. But not for me, of course.” (Act 1). Willy believes so strongly in his delusional thinking it hinders his relationship with his family. He overlooks his sons stealing as wrong.