Tell my boys Ben!” (Miller 33). This showed the influence that Ben had on Willy, Willy was eager to show his sons, Happy and Biff how prestigious Ben was. After Willy’s father passed away he always made an effort to have Ben as a reminder to do better than average. He regularly told his wife Linda the plans he has set for the future; however Linda knew that he had acquired all he could and old age was not a good contribution. He was delusional about his reality and found it comforting to prepare answers to everyone who tried to tell him
Children look up to their parents and want to be like them and look at them as their hero. When there are problems with how they haven't been in their life they are left considering them a monster. In the book Hero's and Monsters Josh talks about his like and the relationship that he makes and fixes. "For the first time in my life, my dad isn't a hero or a monster to me. He's something in between; he's man" (Riebock 45).
James Howe, critically acclaimed author wasn’t always so ambitious. In fact, he was once diffident and kept to himself. He loathed hunting and shuns any brutality. He determined from his childhood that he would always try to impress his family, even if it meant going against his own precepts. That was, until one day, when he was ten, his brother, Paul altered his world forever.
Cory is a very good high school football player and he is being recruited by colleges to play football. Troy is jealous of his son because he is getting the opportunity that Troy never had with baseball; to play at a high level. When Rose tells Troy that Cory is being recruited by colleges for football, he responds by saying, "He ought to go and get recruited in how to fix cars or something where he can make a living" (Wilson, 1986, p. 8). Troy can’t be happy for his son and won’t let him play college football. The audience sees this when Cory says, "Papa done went up to the school and told Coach Zellman I can't play football no more.
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.
He is unsatisfied with his job as a chauffeur, and wants a big house, a nice car, and pearls for his wife, and an office job. In other words he desires the bourgeoisie lifestyle. This can be seen through Walter’s actions and attitude towards his family and how he sacrifices all he and his family have financially to make his dream come true. But through the disappointments observed throughout the play the reader learns that the commendable idea that everyone can achieve their
If we compare Death of a Salesman with what Aristotle's definition of a tragic hero, Willy Loman classifies as a tragic hero. His biggest downfall is the loose grasp of reality. He has all his “perfected dreams”and tries so hard to get away from the surroundings around him. Instead of being satisfied with the reality of his life, he continues to chase all of this fantasies. At this point he gets so happy when he is stuck in his fantasies that he ignores reality and do anything to not go back to facing the current family.
There are many characters that contributed to the tragic acts of love and suicide in Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet, but who is the most to blame? In the famous play, we have two families, the Montagues and the Capulets, who have been feuding with each other for many years. Romeo, from the Montague family, and Juliet, from the Capulets, have fallen in love. Due to the distasteful acts from each side, their children must go to great lengths to keep their love a secret. The end of this story isn’t pretty, so whose fault was it?
It is evident, there is a change in societal values from King Lear’s time period of the eighth century to Willy Loman’s time period of the late 1940s. In Death of a Salesman Willy’s idea of success was not love from his family, but love from the outside and strangers. Willy wanted nothing more from his sons than their participation in his idealistic dreams and for them to be the utter best in everything. While in King Lear, however, Lear’s idea of success was for his daughters to love him and cherish him as their father and ruler. It is evident the major shift in values due to the time period.
This is clearly identified in his relationship with his son Biff because like any other father would, Wil-ly tries to teach his sons what it takes to be successful, and as mentioned previously this knowledge served his son Biff well throughout his high school career, but never further. This is because his knowledge was misconstrued and completely void of any of the elements of the American dream. He mocks Bernard for not being well-liked: “Bernard is not well liked is he?” (Miller 20) then proceeds to tell his sons “be liked and you will never want” (Miller 21). This moment in the play, demonstrate that hard work comes last in Willy’s model success. As for how Willy’s relationships were affected, the play shows several occasions in which he has been unkind, judgemental or undeserving of respect.
The author portrays Cory’s lost dream in football through his father’s refusal. At the beginning of play, Cory really wants to emulate his father in sports. Rose tells Troy “He is just trying to be like you in sports” (1.3.118). Cory is a good player and loves sports like his father; he earns a selection for a college football scholarship. He is happy to have a chance to go to college, but the joy never settles well with Troy, who has disappointment in life that he never plays pro baseball.
Both of these things are very important to Willy. A diamond resides with him because he values the looks and worth of what he has. Readers follow Willy through this story, and come to the conclusion that he is not successful at all. He has been reaching for The American Dream his entire life, but he has nothing to show for it. Willy’s brother, Ben, says he has to find his diamond, or purpose in life.