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.
He confronts his greed and desire to become a wealthy businessman and realizes that he lost his only supporters throughout his journey. Walter declines Karl Lidner while staring at Travis, his little son. With these actions, Walter is seen as a family man- somebody who realizes the importance of family. Walter develops into a character similar to his father- Big Walter. Big Walter was seen as “a man who loved his children”(PAGE) according to Mama.
This makes him His dream is to be well-liked and be able to sell products even when he will be old. When he was young, he met a salesman called Dave Singleman and really admired this salesman who was successful and liked. This completely changed his life. From that moment, he thinks that being a salesman is the career that a man could have. Biff is lost at the start of the play; he isn 't self-confident and lost on the road of life.
And by God I was rich”(Act I). Despite the little information his uncle shared with him, Willy admires Ben’s story and decides to dedicate his life to being well-liked and successful like him. As a salesman man, Willy needs to be popular in order to have the most success. Ironically, Willy Loman is not a hard character to hate and he has such little success with his job, that he eventually gets fired. Back in the 40’s, men were considered the head of the household–they made the money while their wives kept busy at home.
The story is from the experiences of the author’s life, so it reflects American society in 20th century very well. Since the beginning of the 20th century, the American dream has been the driving force of development of American society and has lead people to work hard and be successful，but it goes downhill with the bigger and bigger gap between rich and poor. Firstly, this essay will talk about what the American dream is and the background of the American dream; then, it is going to illustrate why the American dream can be attractive to all around the world and how it influence the world; finally, it will show the American dream leads to not only the success, but also the failure. “The American dream is that dream of a land in which life should be
In the tragedy, Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller explores an infamous ideology – The American Dream – as well as the impact it has on the individual, relationships and dynamics of a struggling family. In this essay, a critical analysis of Biff Loman and Willy Loman’s relationship as well as how the effect of The American Dream and American society on this dynamic duo. The American Dream is an ideology where the belief that through hard work, potential, dedication and perseverance, one can be successful and reap material rewards. Willy subscribes to the ideology that a well-liked, friendly and attractive man in business will acquire the material comforts offered by modern (the 1940s) American life – a slice the American dream. He also believes that potential and hard work will assist in attaining this “dream”.
In the play, Willy is regularly showing signs of old age by experiencing hallucinations, not performing his job well, and ultimately losing his job as he is not meeting his quotas. Arthur Miller’s play showcases ageism through its portrayal of an aging salesman, Willy Loman, who is no longer considered valuable. Three parts focus and depict this concept of ageism- in his workplace, in his home life and in his self-esteem. Ageism is depicted strongly in this play as it is one of the causes for Willy’s downfall. As Willy gets on with age, he no longer is able to meet his sales quotas, which results in his termination and ultimately begin unable to provide for his family.
As a teenager, Biff idolized his father and tried to make him proud by doing well in football. Biff’s idea of his father suddenly changed when Biff discovered his dad cheating on his mom. His entire outlook of life changed, and suddenly he no longer cared about his future in football or college. Willy raised Biff to think that being popular would get him further than having good grades: “Bernard can get the best marks in school y’understand but in the business world, y’understand, you are going to be five times ahead of him. That’s why I thank almighty God you’re both built like Adonises.
As critic Barclay Bates states, “Death of a Salesman is about triumph of the present over the past” this is particularly prominent when Willy returns from his monotonous job as a salesman, he tells his wife, “I’m tired to death. (The flute has faded away,)” The short declarative sentence depicts that his job is becoming strenuous for him and that he finds it harrowing, however there is no indication that he will stop, it suggests that he will continue like he always does. Miller uses the motif of the flute to symbolise the sombre tone of the play. Also, by placing this in the first scene Miler’s intention is to depict that the American society is oppressing Willy and men like Willy as he is a symbol of the common man, leading them to their “death”. Miller portrays Willy’s strife to depict that although post Great-depression resulted in hope and change, therefore people had do evolve with the times and shape their lives and business to fit in the with the
But today it is all cut and dried and there is no chance for friendship. It is when all appeals have failed and when Howard, Willy's Boss has finally rejected his request for his transfer that Willy sums up man's helplessness and his exploitation at the hands of the capitalists. He says, "I put thirty years service in the firm Howard, and now I cannot pay my insurance. You cannot eat the orange and throw the peel away a man is not a piece of earth".6 It is the orange peel metaphor of Miller which has led critics to believe that Willy Loman is a social tragedy that shows man as a victim of an indifferent