Actions of the judge early in the novel blatantly show prominent hypocrisy. Huck’s father is an uneducated alcoholic, who abuses his son frequently. Pap does not appear in Huck’s life again until he discovers news of Huck’s newfound fortune, exhibiting the irony of only showing up in his child’s life when the kid has something he wants, which is the reverse ideal of a father. “‘That’s why I come. You git me that money to-morrow - I want it,’” (30) explains patently that he is an inadequate father, from his poor morals.
Willy fits both definitions. Willy’s and action and the results are what we expect of him. He is a salesman, and as expected he struggles. He is overbearing on his children, and as expected they grow up confused. His struggles begin when he looses his job, at the end we expect him to kill himself, which he does.
Willy could have been successful, but many things went wrong in his attempt to gain his dream. He raised his sons to believe in the same false American Dream as he had. Neither of his sons turned out to be successful in life and towards the end of the novel they figure out that Willy is to blame. Arthur Miller provides us with a character who is both pathetic and tragic. Willy Loman spent most of his life
The narrator explains, “… there once lived near this place a meagre miserly fellow of the name of Tom Walker.” (Irving online). The author describes Tom as a miserly meagre man. Tom lacks quality and his greediness makes him even less valuable. Another example of Tom’s greediness is when the narrator states, “He built himself, as usual, a vast house, out of ostentation, but left the greater part of it unfinished and unfurnished out of parsimony.” (Irving online). Tom is so greedy that he builds a grand house but decides not to finish the rest of the house because he does not want to spend any more money.
Behaviourism, mentioned in our notes as, “A theory that believes all behavior is a product of our conditioning.” One of the most famous behaviorists, B.F. Skinner created the reward vs punishment method. In this scenario, Thomas’s punishment was higher than his reward. The reward for this scenario would be to make some money, show it off, and be able to quit his lousy job that he hates so much. Nevertheless the punishment for this scenario was that he went to jail, he obviously got fired, he lost his friends, he failed to make his father proud, and he will never be able to practice law again. Therefore the punishment for this scenario was greater than the
My response to Sidney Poitier's "Matter of Conviction," is it was a great essay. The main topic in this essay is about how Sidney just stumbled into the actor business and was making good money until one role he got was being dishonest to him-self and couldn’t stand up to anyone, which he said it, will lose his self-respect. Sidney couldn’t just be passive and throw away his family’s morals and rights they believed in. This essay is trying to attempt to get you to see what Sidney’s life was and how he had to fight everyday to provide for his family. I believe this writer has a clear controlling idea for the reason he started his article with “I had no plans to be an actor…I needed work and was leafing through…the Amsterdam News one day.” This statement is already trying to tell he is poor and he is willing to try anything.
No one is infallible. Specifically, too much pride can lead to bad outcome. The unnamed narrator did so so much to prove to his parents and others around him that he was his brother’s keeper. He pretended to be nice unknown to his parents for instance he stated “there is within me(and with sadness I have watched it in others) a knot of cruelty born by the stream of love, much as our blood sometimes bears the seed of our destruction, and at time I was mean to doodle.” Right from the beginning, we know the unnamed narrator’s gut feelings against his brother. He only tried to be nice so that he can fulfill his selfish ends.
Arthur Miller’s prevalent theme in The Death of a Salesman is the idea of the failed American dream. The Loman family struggles to keep their own dreams alive and although the American dream is a powerful motivator in the book, it also makes people consumed with their ambitions. Willy Loman battles with his dream of being a well-liked salesman, especially because he still reminisces over the past and can not keep up with the present. He struggles to see the reality of his distorted dream and how it alters his preconceived idea of his self worth. Arthur Miller uses the dream motif in Death of a Salesman to convey Willy Loman’s refusal to adjust to the present and how it leads to the destruction of his distorted dream and ultimately his death.
Julian Baggini iterates that while “happiness is important… it’s not everything; it’s worth having but hard to possess,” though he also admits that happiness’ role in life’s meaning is “so unclear,” (90). It is evident that Miller mirrors this sentiment--his main character, Willy Loman, devotes his entire life to achieving “happiness” through personal success. However, Miller depicts Willy’s goal, pursuing happiness as the main purpose of life, in a very tragic manner. Willy is greatly unable to achieve his goals. And, even in death, he did not obtain happiness or even guarantee his sons’ happiness, though he ends his life just because there is a possibility that his death may inadvertently bring success, and with it, happiness, to his family.