One example is the high level of expectations Biff’s father has for him. Willy gloats about Biff being a star, “Look at this boy[Biff]. . .three universities are begging for him”(86;2). Biff’s ego boosts through the roof, which only sets him up for suffering more when he fails.
“But his whole life was dominated by fear, the fear of failure and of weakness”. Due to his father’s lack of work he pushed himself farther and is now pushing his own son nwoye. “Okonkwo’s first son, nwoye, was then twelve years old but was already causing his father anxiety for his incipient laziness”. In result of nwoye being lazy okonkwo threatens him to work, not only does he apply it to his first son but the rest of his family to the point where they are scared of his temper. Okonkwo wants his son to be successful and has hopes for him.
Like many Americans, Willy works his whole life trying to be a salesman to be able to provide for his family. Willy unwillingness to change, and over-relying on his charisma to lead him to become prosperous is the one of the primary cause of his downfall. The ideals of success that Willy pushes onto his sons seem preposterous. In Willy’s mind, neither of his two sons were able to live up to the expectation he had for them. From my point of view, I believe he wanted live through his sons and actually, have them fulfill his belief of success.
I contemplated if it was worth my time to finish out the last two years of my career. I figured I was never going to play much. A freshman who was behind me on the depth chart at the beginning of the season, passed me midway through the season so I saw no playing time the last half of the year. I never had a problem balancing school and football, but I found myself bringing football, to school. During class and while taking tests, I was thinking about football and why everything had gone terribly wrong suddenly.
“The facts and fictions of Willy’s history become tangled with his current situation because he is forced to confront the many failures, he has fobbed off previously through lying, both to his family and to himself. Willy is unable to reconcile his past and present”( Klimchak). Because of Willy’s idea of success and his pride leads to his breakdown. Throughout the story I felt that Willy is fighting his self which resulted in the suffering of others around him making him also the antagonist in the play. Willy would also be known as the round character because of his role in the play and a tragic hero because of his self-importance.
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). The sad reality of The Death of a Salesman is that many people go through life not knowing who they are or who they want to be, and Willy Loman struggled with that concept, but hopefully in today’s world, one can be more like Biff Loman, who was brave enough to decide on who he wants to
Sykes being the disrespectful man that he is, does not respect the fact that his wife works very hard to offer food. He does not appreciate that she does other people laundry so that he can be comfortable. Furthermore, he uses the money the Delia earns to make sure that his mistress Bertha is satisfied. Delia slaves out at work to make money, but Sykes bullies her so that she can spend the money with the woman who happens to be new in town. “Bertha had been in town three months now.
Darry also had a hard lesson early in life. He was a great athlete and student with a promising future, then he had to sacrifice his future because if he didn't work, he would have to put his brothers in a foster home. “Darry didn't deserve to work like an old man when he was only twenty. He had been a real popular guy in school; he was captain of the football team and he had been voted Boy of the Year. But we just didn't have the money for him to go to college, even with the athletic scholarship he won.
The contrast between Biff and Bernard, the standard for success, is staggering. Where Bernard is the prosperous son Willy wishes he had, Biff is the kleptomaniac failure of a son he actually has. Up until the end of the play, Biff does his best to follow Willy’s belief that popularity is the key to success, and it gets Biff exactly nowhere. At age 34, Biff is without a steady job, living with his parents in his childhood bedroom, and had been to jail at least once for theft (131). The failures of Biff directly mirror the beliefs Willy had instilled in him, such as Biff forcing himself to ignore his enjoyment of farm work in favor of Willy’s standards for success.
He is said to of run off many men and claimed that no man was good enough for his daughter. Some also say that he was just a selfish man who was afraid of losing his daughter and housekeeper. So when he dies, Miss Emily does not know what to do because she has been locked away from the world for so long. Her father was the only person she knew along with the only person she had ever loved, so when he died, she was left completely alone. It is no surprise that when Homer Barron comes to town and becomes very close to her, she finds herself willing to do anything not to be left alone again.
One is seeing and being like his brother, Thane, and two get the chance to play on his middle school football team. Ty is fast and can catch. Coach V has great plans for Ty for the upcoming season. But his Uncle Gus does everything he can to keep Ty from playing football and away from his brother. Ty’s dream is to be just like his brother but how could he be like his brother if he can never see him?
Mariota wasn’t a very flashy player on the field he just did what he was there to do and didn’t say anything about it. Mariota also won the Heisman Trophy 2 years after Manziel as a Junior year and was the first Oregon Duck to win the Heisman. Both players were expected to be top prospects in the NFL, but Manziel couldn’t get enough of the lights and
Ironically, another student vying for prom king was Tyrell Clay, a football player at the pinnacle of Miller High School’s social ladder. He is a popular figure in his school and unlike Adam who sits at the opposite end of the spectrum. Initially, Adam had no intention of going to prom night as he speculated that his nomination was a trick somebody was trying to pull off. He pondered
I disagree with the author that Chris McCandless was a crazy person, a sociopath, and an outcast, but even though he was very bright, he made some decisions. Before entering the wild Chris had just recently graduated from college with his degree. He was an intelligent student without any street smarts. Upon his departure, he left behind his sister whom he loved very much and his parents who he was upset with. That was a feeling he had especially about his father.
After being told no repeatedly by his mother Travis gets fifty cents for school from his father who gives him it seemingly to spite Ruth. Walter is obviously bitter with Beneatha who enters, she wants to study medicine and he think it’s a waste of the money that is coming to mama. The following day (in scene 2) the family all takes part in cleaning the apartment and they wait for the mail and the check to arrive. Beneatha’s friend from school calls and comes over. Ruth finds out she’s pregnant and accidentally says that she saw a woman doctor which confuses mama (the family doctor has been a man for quite a while).