Biff is caught between two completely different dreams. His heart wants to live a simple life on a farm but his mind wants him to be like his father and work in the city. His inner conflict between his mind and his heart is constantly getting in the way of what he really wants. By the end of the play, Biff realizes that his father was pursuing the wrong dream and that Willy “never knew who he really was” and that is what killed him in the first place. Throughout the play, Biff tells his father in a true honest moment that, “Why am I trying to become what I don’t want to be?” but after the death of his father, he tells the rest of his family that “I know who I am, kid” (138).
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman focuses on the American Dream, and how Willy Loman goes about trying to figure his out. Willie is a salesman who is down on his luck. Nothing has been going right for him and his wife knows this more than anyone. He "bought into" the belief in the American Dream, and he has not had much success since. Willy could have been successful, but many things went wrong in his attempt to gain his dream.
He desperately tries to impress with all the luxury, the houses and the money, but all the materialistic goods aren 't enough to convince not only Daisy, his lost love, but also the rest of the upper class. When Gatsby asks Nick " My house looks well doesn 't it ? See how the whole front of it catches the light" (Fitzgerald). He wants to be reassured and reinforce his position but unlike his neighbours, Gatsby doesn 't owe his success to hard work and earning his own money but to
“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.
An’ then I’ll come back an’ work another month an’ I’ll have fifty bucks more.” Here John Steinbeck uses repetition to make it abundantly clear to the reader that George has forsaken his dream, and chosen to become the lonely farm worker he once felt empathy towards. Although some may argue that George's reaction to the broken dream is not one of grief, but rather one of indifference, as he does not believe in the dream, this is opinion is quickly refuted when we are able to see his belief in the attainability of the dream grow as he discusses the dream with Candy and
William Moraley’s failure in the American colonies was not due to laziness but being at the wrong place at the wrong time. His hard work and motivation to better his life just didn’t work in his favor. Even before his journey to America, Moraley had a string of bad luck. After his father’s death, he quarreled with his mother for his rightful fortune. But unable to acquire these funds he was reduced to poverty.
In Tony Went to the Bodega but He Didn’t Buy Anything, Martín Espada shows how culture shock can affect someone who is a minority. The poem starts off by telling us “Tony’s father left the family” (line 1) and immediately I felt sad for Tony, but then it goes on to say that he was a boy who was “nine years old who had to find work” (lines 4-5). Not only does Tony not have a father figure growing up, but due to his financial situation, he now must find a job despite being so young. This is not uncommon because race and socio-economic status are tied, so many minorities have to find jobs at younger, even illegal ages to support their families. At the bodega, Tony not only learns more about his workplace, he learns more about Latino culture.
We learn that Willy is a salesman, who is has only had minor success. Willy blames this on the fact that he is not well liked. In the beginning of the play Willy has had a car accident and his wife Linda wants him to ask his boss if he can work only in New York instead of having to travel. When we see Willy in a flashback he appears to be happy and affectionate with his sons, who seem to return the affection. We also learn that Willy is not that successful at being a salesman due to what he
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.
Throughout the play, the Loman family evolves differently. Willy finds out his dream of being an popular, well respected salesman is impossible and takes his own life. Linda supports Willy despite the abuse and confusion he puts her through with his various attempts to take his own life, with his delirious ramblings and hallucinations, and with his constant deception. Happy still sees his father as a hero and Biff finally begins to grasp the truth of the “American Dream”. When Willy kills himself, all of the Loman family, including Willy, break free from the web of false dreams he spun and begin to understand Willy’s failings.