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.
However, his dream is hindered by poverty and prejudice. Walter believes that money will resolve all of his financial and social problems. His desperation for money makes him feel like a man. Although, as a man, Walter feels worthless. He craves success, but his family is always telling him that his ideas are insignificant.
Willy Loman believes success in life is having nice things, having money, and being known by people. Unfortunately, Mr. Loman never realises that success is much more than having material things. Hopefully Biff and Happy learn from their dad’s mistakes, and reach the real American
He dreamed of a better life and wealth was the only way to achieve it. On page 173 of The Great Gatsby, Nick and Gatsby’s father open a journal written by Gatsby and finds his schedule and a list of ways to better himself. (Source A) From the writings, Gatsby’s father concluded that his son was destined for greatness. Gatsby did achieve wealth but was still unsatisfied for did not have love or happiness. This introduces an interesting paradox where wealth is never enough for an individual to be satisfied.
The desire for fame and fortune drove both Jay Z and Gatsby to overcome the economic classes they were born into, yet Gatsby could not forgive his childhood influences, therefore, never being able to progress his aspirations for incredible fame. Through parental guidance, Gatsby and Jay Z formed personal morals, and expectations, that developed each boy to man. Gatsby was pushed by his father to reach “The American Dream”, through rigorous efforts in order to attain some materials that were worth living for. These efforts morphed into a battle between Gatsby and himself, which steadily grew into resentment; “--his imagination never had really accepted them as his parents at all…” (Fitzgerald 98). The denial Gatsby placed on
Troy takes the responsibility of his family and home, has an everlasting love for Raynell. But cheated on Rose, Ran away from his father at a young age and allows his pride to get in the way Although Troy couldn’t make it far in life, he hopes Cory will come to his senses and quit football, get a steady job. Troy only wishes the best for Cory but since he has had his “fights with death.” Troy doesn’t think going to college and getting drafted is what’s best for Cory. His ideal of the “devil” is a white man in a suit. Cory being
In the film, “Abre los Ojos (1997),” César often claims that there is “no explanation” (Amenábar) for what has happened to him. Even though he may not believe it, César’s life is psychologically determined. He is extremely confident because he grew up wealthy and handsome, and always had everything handed to him. When César’s entire life flips after a car accident, he does not know how to deal with it because he is not used to losing to his best friend, Pelayo, and feeling unwanted. César is often questioned what happiness is to him.
Gatsby was wealthy, ambitious, persistent, and got what he wanted any way he could, making him Fitzgerald’s biggest symbol of the American Dream. Gatsby, like everyone else in The Great Gatsby, was so lost in his ideals that he became irrational and stubborn, in the way that he thought everything would go his way. “Can’t repeat the past? Why of course you can!” (Fitzgerald 116). Today the American Dream has taken on a whole new meaning.
Kane had amassed a great wealth and had a need for nothing, this led to him convincing himself that materialistic possessions made him happy, but what we see is that all he wanted was a normal life. Had Kane had a normal childhood with love and filled with experiences most children have, he would have not been so cold and cruel. Having amassed such great wealth had lost its vanity on him, we find him in a rut with nothing to achieve and most nothing that brings him pleasure in life anymore. The only possession in his life that brought him joy was Rosebud, the sled he spent hours going downhill
The topic I chose is Bernard thinking that thinks good grades are all that matter and Biff thinking that all you need is to be well liked. Biff thinks that all he needs in life is be well liked. Biff thinks this way because Willy stressed that on his son 's when they were young. For example on page 33, Willy says, "the man who creates personal interest is the man gets ahead." Biff thought and believed this to a point that he followed everything his dad said and is now struggling to find himself in life without the popularity.
Willy Loman, protagonist of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, is the embodiment of the tragic hero Northrop Frye is discussing when he said “Tragic heroes are so much the highest points in their human landscape that they seem the inevitable conductors of the power about them,... Conductors may of course be instruments as well as victims of the divine lightning.” Willy’s lofty and unattainable goal of the American Dream that he set for himself and his family causes him to suffer, as well as all those around him. His attitude and actions most negatively affect his son Biff, who was never the same after he caught his father in the affair. In addition to Biff, Willy is the cause of the suffering of his second son Happy and wife Linda. The destruction
While it is hard for Willy to be well liked there is one person throughout the entire play that he can count on and that would be Charley. Charley is Bernard’s father, but also someone who Willy can depend upon when needed. Charley has given Willy money numerous time, so that he can save him from the mortification of not being able to provide for his family. Charley also happens to be the only one who attends and pays his respects at Willy’s funeral. Having nobody there is a perfect example that Willy is not well liked and that he cannot live by the slogans he said all along.
He offers him many things, and he buys his friendship. However, Nick is not fascinated with Gatsby for his money or his hospitality. He is fascinated with how he got where he was. How he went from a normal person to a war hero, and a millionaire. He wanted to know how he earned his title "The Great Gatsby".
This creates a whirlwind of problems for Holden, convincing the reader that “Holden is clearly flawed . . . (Bickmore and Youngblood 254)” His failure to reflect upon his poor choices, such as his failure to study and lack of motivation, can be seen as the birthplace from which many of his problems spring, leading to his pessimistic