The American Dream in The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller The notion that anyone can achieve financial success and material comfort depends mainly on the foundation of the main theme in this story. Willy Loman is portrayed as a man on a mission to create a comfortable and an acceptable life for him and his family. He works hard and even tries to mentor his son to change his life and work towards self-improvement and financial fulfillment. The author uses this story to analyze the concept of the American dream and how it is interpreted by different people in the society. Miller uses the life of Willy Loman, a mediocre salesperson who believes that personality is the key to achieving the American dream.
Tell my boys Ben!” (Miller 33). This showed the influence that Ben had on Willy, Willy was eager to show his sons, Happy and Biff how prestigious Ben was. After Willy’s father passed away he always made an effort to have Ben as a reminder to do better than average. He regularly told his wife Linda the plans he has set for the future; however Linda knew that he had acquired all he could and old age was not a good contribution. He was delusional about his reality and found it comforting to prepare answers to everyone who tried to tell him
This paper will synopsize these two plays and then analyze how they were casting a negative light on laissez-faire capitalism with similar ideals to those of Karl Marx. Death of a Salesman Miller’s Death of a Salesman portrays a delusional family headed by Willy Loman, an unsuccessful salesman with unrealistic expectations. After a work trip where he almost crashed multiple times, he and his wife realize that he can no longer commute and decide he should ask his boss for a local job in New York. His son Biff is in town, which he is not exactly ecstatic about because of his farm hand career choice. He feels his son is wasting his time pursuing such a fruitless job when he believes Biff could be a hugely successful salesman like himself.
As one experiences the unpredictability of personal and business relationships, it becomes increasingly difficult to feel content with oneself. In Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” Willy Loman demonstrates startling similarities to Chris Gardner in Gabriele Muccino’s “The Pursuit of Happyness.” The impact that their sons have on their decisions, the level of support from their significant others, and the men that offer them a pathway to happiness are all noteworthy relationships that reinforce the similarities between these protagonists. The bond between a father and son is one of the strongest feelings known to man: a manifestation of masculinity that cannot be attained in any other form. Willy and his son Biff have that connection, and yet it does not function in the way one would expect. Indeed, Biff’s future is of extreme importance to Willy, and he does everything in his power to ensure Biff will thrive.
(Coelho). The monomyth applies to the main character of the novella, Santiago, a young Shepard with enough passion and will to uncover his personal legend. The boy gets called to start his search for his personal legend through a dream, a dream of a child grabbing on his hand to the pyramids of Egypt, unleashing a secret of a treasure buried under the deserts sand. Later on, Santiago runs to a fortuneteller who notifies him that his dream is prophetic and that he must follow its instructions. Even though he is uncertain about both his bizarre dream and what the fortuneteller told him, he still sells his sheep, buys a ticket and finally makes it through the threshold in search for his treasure in an unknown world, Africa.
I personally believe he is a tragic hero but I totally see the other side. People don’t think he is a tragic hero because he is your average american worker and his misfortune was caused because of his own doing by lying, stubbornness, and not letting things go. Which are all valid points but Willy was a fairly successful man with a dream but that dream was eventually taken from him because of the harsh truths of reality and the hardness of the american dream. There is not much he could have changed it was just his fate Biff tried to tell him this during the explosive fight in the end saying “pop! I’m a dime in a dozen, and so are you.” Willy responding “I am not a dime in a dozen!
Whether it is Gandhi or Abraham Lincoln, there will always be a hero amidst hard times. In Schindler’s List, Oskar Schindler proved himself to be a vainglorious man in the beginning but then later develops into a humanitarian who turns his factory into a refuge for his Jewish workers during the horrendous Nazi reign. German business man and opportunist Oskar Schindler starts a factory using Jewish slave labour in hopes of making a fortune out of the upcoming World War. However, as time goes on, Schindler is intensely affected by how his workers are treated by his Nazi comrades. Subsequently, he spends all his money earned from the business and risked his life to protect his workers and ends up saving over 1,100 Jews.
In The Raisin in the Sun Walter wanted to start a business and make a lot of money. In the Death of a Salesman Willy wanted a lot of money because he wanted to make sure that he could provide for his family. In both of the plays Walter and Willy are always talking about money. In Death of a Salesman Willy is always talking about money, in the text he says “But I gotta earn money, Howard. I’m in no position to…”(Miller 59).
First thing you know, we'd all be eating stewed chickweed and acorns. There's always been a lottery.” As you can see, this is why his name symbolizes his character of warning people about the past. He says these sayings multiple times throughout the book. Mr. Graves is another symbol displayed though the name. Mr.Graves helps conduct the lottery and in reality, helps send people to their graves.
It is apparent that the young boy is already questioning his father’s evil thoughts and actions, but is still deeply loyal to him. Faulkner goes into great detail of the smells of different foods that would be enticing to a starving young boy inside the store/courtroom where the father is being tried, but instead Sarty’s senses are focused on “despair and grief, the old fierce pull of blood.” Sarty’s internal thoughts refuse to see the Justice presiding of the court as a well-meaning, kind person but rather he sees him as his father’s enemy and thus his own enemy. Struggling with the desire to stay devoted to his father, Sarty knows that his father wants him to lie and say that he did not start the fire that burned down the barn. Even