Arthur Miller’s prevalent theme in The Death of a Salesman is the idea of the failed American dream. The Loman family struggles to keep their own dreams alive and although the American dream is a powerful motivator in the book, it also makes people consumed with their ambitions. Willy Loman battles with his dream of being a well-liked salesman, especially because he still reminisces over the past and can not keep up with the present. He struggles to see the reality of his distorted dream and how it alters his preconceived idea of his self worth. Arthur Miller uses the dream motif in Death of a Salesman to convey Willy Loman’s refusal to adjust to the present and how it leads to the destruction of his distorted dream and ultimately his death.
“The man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead” (33). In Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller uses foil characters to elucidate Willy’s flaws that ultimately prevent him and his family from succeeding. The contrast between Charley and Willy and Bernard and Biff serves to highlight how Willy’s obsession with achieving his version of the American Dream impacts both his life and his children’s. His poor values are passed on to his children producing even more failures. ¬¬¬¬Both Charley and Willy work as salesmen, however Charley represents what Willy desired to become – successful.
Which is why it is so important for him the win the kite running contest. Amir 's desire to please his father leads him to awful event that stays with him the rest of his life, Hassan getting raped. When Amir is contemplating helping Hassan he states, “I actually aspired to cowardice, because the alternative, the real reason I was running, was that Assef was right: Nothing was free in this world. Maybe Hassan was the price I had to pay, the lamb I had to slay, to win Baba” (Hosseini, 77). At the moment all Amir can think about is getting the kite to show Baba and seeing him proud, he wants to help but is young and conflicted.
Reading the poem, the first time through it appears to be abusive. The imagery of “My Papas Waltz” can clearly be understood as a father waltzing with his son in the kitchen, tapping the beat too his son’s head, and his ear scraping his buckle against his child’s ear. The poem is playful when the poem says, “At every step you missed/ My right ear scraped a buckle” (Roethke lines 11-12). The lines can be interpreted as a dad whipping a kid with a belt, but that is not what the author intended
My response to Sidney Poitier's "Matter of Conviction," is it was a great essay. The main topic in this essay is about how Sidney just stumbled into the actor business and was making good money until one role he got was being dishonest to him-self and couldn’t stand up to anyone, which he said it, will lose his self-respect. Sidney couldn’t just be passive and throw away his family’s morals and rights they believed in. This essay is trying to attempt to get you to see what Sidney’s life was and how he had to fight everyday to provide for his family. I believe this writer has a clear controlling idea for the reason he started his article with “I had no plans to be an actor…I needed work and was leafing through…the Amsterdam News one day.” This statement is already trying to tell he is poor and he is willing to try anything.
In Lorraine Hansberry’s “Raisin in the Sun” Act 3 Walter has seized the hero role and he displays a lot of pride. Walter is starting to understand that he has to stand up for what he believes in and not everything is about money. “And we have decided to move into our house because my father-my father-he earned it for us brick by brick”(1933). Walter turns down the Clybourne Park Association 's offer only after he remembers the roots his family has in America, and the rights that they deserve. He wants to set a strong example for his son, Travis, just like his father did for him.
Biff's behavior causes him to believe that his son is spiting him, although all he is trying to do is help his poor father. Willy will constantly say things that he does the opposite of, such as stating to 'not act like an office boy' yet scrambling to assist his boss in menial tasks. His self contradictory ways can also be supported by this quote, stating"One of the primary characteristics of Willy Loman's character is his penchant for self-contradiction: "Biff is a lazy bum! There's one thing about Biff- he's not lazy.""(Murphy). The most substantial evidence comes from Willy's hallucinations.
He sneaks into his parents' apartment while they are out, and wakes up Phoebe – the only person with whom he seems to be able to communicate his true feelings. Although Phoebe is happy to see Holden, she quickly deduces that he has been expelled, and chastises him for his aimlessness and his apparent dislikes towards everything. When asked if he cares about anything, Holden shares a selfless fantasy he has been thinking about (based on a mishearing of Robert Burns's Comin' Through the Rye): he pictures himself as the sole guardian of thousands of children playing in a huge rye field on the edge of a cliff. His job is to catch the children if, in their abandon, they come close to falling off the brink; to be, in effect, the "catcher in the rye". Because of this misinterpretation, Holden believes that to be the "catcher in the rye" means to save children from losing their
Finn starts the movie telling that he is going to tell the story has he lived, not as it happened. The director concern was to make him credible modern character. The solution was to make Finn an artist, “replacing the arbitrary wealth of the nineteenth century with the twentieth-century equivalent: celebrity success. (…) Transforming the nineteenth-century Pip, a sensitive boy destined to life as a blacksmith, into Finn, a poor but happy contemporary boy with evident artistic talent, brings us to one of the crucial areas of this adaptation. The entire plot of Dickens’s Great Expectations revolves around the inability of people to change their station in life.” One of the biggest obsession of Dickens was to climb the social ladder.
“I myself am made entirely of flaws stitched together with good intentions” by Augusten Burroughs. Death of a salesman is written by Arthur Miller, The play is about this man named Willy who has a really big tragic flaw and tries to make his sons the same way that he is which is him being insecure. Willy’s tragic flaw makes himself insecure and wants his sons’ to listen to him meanwhile he’s going crazy. Willy’s intensity is demonstrated in his prideful behavior. Claims that he is “vital” in the New England when in reality he is not a good salesman (4).