When we are young, we are always told that actions speak louder than words. In other words, what we do means more than what we say we will. Oddly, this concept is slightly skewed in notable literature. The best literature is developed through the character itself, rather than the plot. This is seen in Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman. Not much of a plot occurs in this play, but the ways the characters are created speak loudly. This work, with deliberate selection of character name, revealing dialogue between characters, and having opposing opinions among characters for the same situation, is more character-driven than plot-driven, thus can be considered with higher literary merit. A way in which Miller develops his characters is through purposeful selection of names. Some names are ironic, like Happy. Despite his name, Happy is quite unhappy. Though he is successful and somewhat confident, it is to the extreme, similar to his father. He even tries to deny that Happy is his name: …show more content…
It’s really Harold, but at West Point they called me Happy (80) Perhaps Happy is aware of the misrepresentation of personality in his name, or maybe his trying to avoid attention, but regardless Happy doesn’t seem proud of his name. It may also be that he lives under the shadow of Biff, which makes his unhappiness even more ironic. Willy’s name is also of interest. The meaning of William is protector. Despite his flaws, Willy’s goal is to protect and do what is best for his family. He insists that there is some place better for
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(Miller IV.134) The whole play is led by Abigail and Proctor. Tones are also led by their acts and emotions. Second, imperfection affect the reader, because imperfection gives reality to characters. Readers find it easy to relate with someone who is partly flawed, makes mistakes and is sometimes controlled by emotions.
Even after his time is over, Willy continues to provide life lessons to his sons. In her article, Fix argues, "He lies this way because he doesn’t know what to offer them and fears he is 'not teaching them the right kind of-- ' principles … In the end, rather than to admit the bankruptcy of his legacy, he sells his death to perpetuate it" (Fix 4). Charlene Fix brings up a good point, but she does not discuss the fact that at Willy 's funeral he is able to provide his sons with one final lesson, that knowing many people does not make you loved or appreciated. His lesson is demonstrated during a conversation between his family: LINDA.
Script Analysis: Character, Structure, and Progressions The play Better Living by George F. Walker is not a piece where the audience will understand every detail the first time. After many re-reads of the play, there are two main pieces of importance in both character, structure, and progressions. Through character analysis was the discovery that each character is complex - or changes either physically, mentally, or emotionally. However, the changes the characters develop are often negative. The other discovery was that every character seems to be searching for themselves.
I think Willy was trying to achieve
Linda defends Willy and insists that Willy, as a traveling salesman, merely exhausts himself rather than become crazy. Even if Willy’s financial reality reveals the fact that he can never come true his American dream, Linda still refuses to break his fantasies and see through his lies. Instead, she supports Willy’s American dream and believes in Willy’s idea that success is possible for anyone. Even though Willy is often rude to her and ignores her opinions, she protects him at all costs. She loves Willy, so she can accept all of his shortcomings.
These negative opinions and false convictions are all hidden messages woven into the play to teach readers a valuable lesson. This lesson is to never hold your opinions over facts. Arthur Miller’s purpose of the play seems to mostly derive
This character trait of self-manipulation up to the form of lying to yourself for greater happiness is clearly inherited from his father Willy. We see examples of Happy lying to himself not only to impress Willy, but also to impress himself, as seen when his brother Biff describes him as having ”never told the truth for ten minutes in this house!”17 and explains how he is actually ”one of the two assistants to the assistant”18 as opposed to him being the self-proclaimed ”assistants buyer”. Arthur Miller effectively utilises this sense of ignorance by representing Happy as a youthful projection of Willy himself, as they both share perceptions of ignorance in the hope for bliss, similarly quoted in Thomas Gray's poem, Ode on a Distant Prospect at Eton College, where he stated, “Where ignorance is bliss, Tis folly to be wise. ”19 This is often shortened to the much simpler quote “ignorance is bliss” which can be taken to be an excuse to lie to yourself in order for preserved
These two men are now forced to interpret the world as protagonists themselves. They develop their own individual characters, rather than being considered one flat character lumped together. The play presented deals with the world on a new level. Those characters we might not have considered important before are given a new role in a classic play, and are shown to be much more important than one might originally
He has a Job, two kids, and a wife. Willy is a salesman who dreams to be like his role model, Dave Singleman. Singleman - in Willy perspective- had the ultimate successful life, as expressed in this quote: "Cause what could be more satisfying than to be able to go, at the age of eighty-four, into twenty or thirty different cities, and pick up a phone, and be remembered and loved and helped by so many different people?" [Act 2] Willy believed that success, was equivalent to how well liked he was. Willy's 'flaw' was his foolish pride, his persistence of achieving "his rightful status".
In his autobiography, Blanc claimed that one further name proposed for the character namely "Happy Rabbit". Real cartoon and publicity. However, "Happy" name the only as if has been used to refer to Bugs Hardaway. In Hare-um Scare-um, newspaper headline reads, "Happy
However, pursuing this goal came with a price. Since he was highly motivated to becoming a successful salesman, he rarely stayed at home. Instead, he spent most of his time travelling around the country to conduct sales. He became a workaholic, forcing himself to make sacrifices in his family life in order to seek his own ambitions. Therefore, Willy’s perfectionistic ideals led to his demise.
His language is free from superficialities verbosity. Miller does not prefer elevated language of tragedies; his is a different kind of tragedy. Yet Willy has a taste for colourful imagery. Each character is made to use a language according to his status and role and
He wants happiness for his family. Second, Aristotle says is propriety, the character should be appropriate. Willy does commit human sins, but he never utters anything less than good advice, which befits his status as the head of the family. Thirdly, the character should be true to life. Willy’s sins are what makes him fit to the definition of true to life.