Stereotypes In Arthur Miller's The Path Most Traveled

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The Path Most Traveled Humans instinctively are wired to follow along with notions of those around them in order to survive. Although most would like to think that they have evolved out of such an underdeveloped personality trait, the establishment of stereotypes, widely shared principles, and even organized civilization reflects on how instinctive this nature naturally comes to us. Religion, culture, government economic structures, public establishments, communities all offer answers of what’s acceptable and what is not. With the rise of social individualism and individual sovereignty entering the socio-political public sphere, people often search for their own path without realizing how much influence conformity looms over their perception…show more content…
If this was the case, Happy should be the champion of his father’s affection--as he had pursued the path he had and the path he expects of Biff to take. The constant disregard Happy faces from his father despite his constant attempts to get appeal to him reflects how the issue he finds in Biff doesn’t stem from the expectations he has in place for his sons, but rather an internal struggle he has for himself. Biff wishes to find his own happiness, rather than pretending to be someone that he’s not like his father and brother, even if that is against the prospects put in place for him. Willy’s glorifications about Biff serve as a parallel to his own delusions about his abilities as a salesman and man. As a result of this, Biff’s economic situation is intimately aggravating for Willy and his unstable conduct around him, as it reminds him of his own failures and delusions about himself. His failure to find his own version of success creates a growing distance between him and both of his sons by ignoring their actual needs, simultaneously being able to meet his
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